verb \ə-ˈvərt\

: to turn (your eyes, gaze, etc.) away or aside

: to prevent (something bad) from happening

Full Definition of AVERT

transitive verb
:  to turn away or aside (as the eyes) in avoidance
:  to see coming and ward off :  avoid <avert disaster>

Examples of AVERT

  1. He sped up and averted an accident.
  2. The diplomatic talks narrowly averted a war.
  3. 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


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