Definition: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
Definition: turn from a straight course, fixed direction, or line of interest
Definition: turn aside and away from an initial or intended course
Definition: draw someone's attention away from something; "The thief distracted the bystanders"; "He deflected his competitors"
Definition: To make (something) deviate from its original path.