\ ə-ˈvərt How to pronounce avert (audio) \
averted; averting; averts

Definition of avert

transitive verb

1 : to turn away or aside (the eyes, one's gaze, etc.) in avoidance I found the sight so grotesque that I had to avert my eyes …— John Gregory Dunne
2 : to see coming and ward off : avoid avert disaster

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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
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Some argue that if Tesla's cars included lidar, high-profile deaths involving the company's autopilot system might have been averted. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Most self-driving companies say this tech is crucial. Elon Musk disagrees.," 17 June 2019 Our gazes were averted from transfer rumours ever so briefly as England performed disappointingly in the Nations League in Portugal. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Ake to Spurs, West Ham After Celta Vigo Duo, Longstaff Responds to Man Utd & More," 9 June 2019 Chipotle estimates that if tariffs on imports from Mexico are not averted, the company’s costs will grow by $15 million. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Here’s how tariffs will raise prices at some of America’s best-known companies," 8 June 2019 Those difficulties and the unavoidable tragedy could have been averted by an additional safety feature which both planes lacked, according to the Times. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Report: Boeing Charged Extra for Safety Features Tied to 737 Max Crashes," 21 Mar. 2019 Disaster was averted when Mountain House purchased surplus water from a neighboring irrigation district. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "They are building 11,000 new homes in Folsom. But will there be enough water?," 18 June 2018 Under Connecticut’s similar risk warrant law, researchers found that one suicide was averted for every 10-20 gun seizures carried out. BostonGlobe.com, "Should courts in Massachusetts be allowed to order the seizure of guns from a person deemed to pose a significant danger?," 9 Mar. 2018 The user can then stop, wave the cane in the air to find the obstruction and avert it. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 If actual duties are imposed after months of threats and negotiations to avert them, the world’s two largest economies will be on the verge of a full-scale trade conflict that has the potential to dent the global expansion. Fortune, "Trump Has Approved $50 Billion in China Tariffs as the Superpowers Inch Toward a Trade War," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of avert

circa 1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avert

Middle English, from Middle French avertir, from Latin avertere, from ab- + vertere to turn — more at worth

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English Language Learners Definition of avert

: to turn (your eyes, gaze, etc.) away or aside
: to prevent (something bad) from happening


\ ə-ˈvərt How to pronounce avert (audio) \
averted; averting

Kids Definition of avert

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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