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Deflect vs Redirect - What's the difference?

deflect | redirect |

In transitive terms the difference between deflect and redirect

is that deflect is to make (something) deviate from its original path while redirect is to instruct to go, inquire ... elsewhere.

As a noun redirect is

a redirection.




(en verb)
  • To make (something) deviate from its original path.
  • To deviate from its original path.
  • (figuratively) To avoid addressing (questions, criticism, etc.).
  • The Prime Minister deflected some increasingly pointed questions by claiming he had an appointment.
  • (figuratively) To divert (attention, etc.).
  • * 2013 , Luke Harding and Uki Goni, Argentina urges UK to hand back Falklands and 'end colonialism'' (in ''The Guardian , 3 January 2013)[http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jan/02/argentina-britain-hand-back-falklands]
  • Critics suggest that Fern├índez, an unashamed populist and nationalist, is seeking to deflect attention from social disharmony at home.



    (en verb)
  • To give new direction to, change the direction of.
  • To instruct to go, inquire ... elsewhere
  • (computing) To substitute an address or pointer to a new location.
  • Synonyms

    * reorient


    (en noun)
  • A redirection.
  • (legal) An examination of a witness, following cross-examination, by the party that conducted the direct examination.
  • (computing) A substitution of an address or identifier for another one
  • Synonyms

    * (legal) redirect examination