avert

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verb \ə-ˈvərt\

Definition of avert

  1. transitive verb
  2. 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

  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 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

avert

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verb \ə-ˈvərt\

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

avert

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verb \ə-ˈvərt\

Definition of avert for Students

averted

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averting

  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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