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
Origin and Etymology of avert
Middle English, from Middle 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
AVERT Defined for Kids
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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