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avert

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verb \ə-ˈvərt\

Simple Definition of avert

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

  • : to prevent (something bad) from happening

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of avert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to turn away or aside (as the eyes) in avoidance

  3. 2 :  to see coming and ward off :  avoid <avert disaster>

Examples of avert in a sentence

  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



AVERT Defined for Kids

avert

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verb \ə-ˈvərt\

Definition of avert for Students

avertedaverting

  1. 1 :  to turn away <When asked if he had lied, he averted his eyes.>

  2. 2 :  to keep from happening <avert disaster>





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