avert

verb
\ 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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Now that the Trump administration appears to be closing in on a trade deal with China, and thus hopefully averting a damaging tariff war, the U.S. economy is positioned to grow at 3% to 4% over the next several years. Stephen Moore And Louis Woodhill, WSJ, "The Fed Is a Threat to Growth," 13 Mar. 2019 The country is aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, a goal most climate experts consider an absolute deadline if the world is to avert runaway warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century. Fox News, "Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change," 27 Sep. 2018 The Times-Picayune) Louisiana’s higher education leaders are ramping up pressure on state lawmakers, seeking a decision on taxes soon to avert months of financial uncertainty and a last-minute debate before a massive budget shortfall hits. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "TOPS, higher education and strawberry farms: Louisiana politics today (Jan. 18)," 18 Jan. 2018 In negotiations Wednesday aimed at averting a strike, the district increased its proposal to a 7 percent raise over four years and a one-time 1.5 percent bonus. Jocelyn Gecker, The Seattle Times, "Oakland teachers to walk off the job Thursday," 20 Feb. 2019 The city averted trial with her family by reaching a tentative $16 million settlement earlier this month. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Conflicting answer in special interrogatory upends verdict to displeasure of jury foreman," 29 June 2018 Josh Petri President Donald Trump blew up negotiations on a potential immigration deal, raising the risks that a standoff will sink talks aimed at averting a government shutdown. Josh Petri, Bloomberg.com, "Your Evening Briefing," 12 Jan. 2018 Traders were watching negotiations in Washington aimed at averting another government shutdown. Joe Mcdonald, The Seattle Times, "Asian stocks rise after listless Wall Street day," 11 Feb. 2019 Their presence confirms that the issue of the United States's role in averting climate disaster will be the defining platform position in two years, when America votes on a new president, especially where Democrats are concerned. Bridget Read, Vogue, "Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal Resolution Gets Support From the Major 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates," 7 Feb. 2019

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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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avert

verb

English Language Learners Definition of avert

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

avert

verb
\ 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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