Simple Definition of avert
: to turn (your eyes, gaze, etc.) away or aside
: to prevent (something bad) from happening
Full Definition of avert
1 : to turn away or aside (as the eyes) in avoidance
2 : to see coming and ward off : avoid <avert disaster>
Examples of avert in a sentence
He sped up and averted an accident.
The diplomatic talks narrowly averted a war.
an attempt to avert a strike at the plant
Origin of avert
Middle English, from Middle French avertir, from Latin avertere, from ab- + vertere to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: 15th century
Rhymes with avert
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Definition of avert for Students
1 : to turn away <When asked if he had lied, he averted his eyes.>
2 : to keep from happening <avert disaster>
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