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
Recent Examples of avert from the Web
A two-out walk to Christian Yelich loaded the bases but Garza averted further damage by striking out Marcell Ozuna on a wicked breaking ball.
At least for the moment, disaster has been averted.
A number of companies have either scrapped their pay policies or made changes to avert a rebellion at annual meetings this year, including Thomas Cook Group Plc, Imperial Brands Plc, Aggreko Plc.
Sometimes even dozens of treatments do not avert amputations, as diabetic William Padgett Jr., 65, of Culpeper, Virginia, can attest.
But to avert some of the surprises of a long-distance...
As Peterson ran down the stairs, Sugarman was running up to him, so Peterson averted any major crisis.
Others say few leaders are doing more to avert a climate change disaster than Musk.
After the break, Congress faces deadlines to avert a government shutdown, raise the debt limit and extend expiring programs like the Children’s Health Care Program.
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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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