Definition of avert
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>
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
Did You Know?
Sensitive people avert their eyes from gory accidents and scenes of disaster. But the accident or disaster might itself have been averted if someone had been alert enough. Negotiators may avert a strike by all-night talks. In the Cuban missile crisis of 1962, it seemed that nuclear catastrophe was barely averted. Aversion means "dislike or disgust"—that is, your feeling about something you can't stand to look at.
Origin and Etymology of avert
Middle English, from Medieval French avertir, from Latin avertere, from ab- + vertere to turn — more at worth
First Known Use: circa 1563
AVERT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of avert for English Language Learners
: to turn (your eyes, gaze, etc.) away or aside
: to prevent (something bad) from happening
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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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