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
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.
The move could prove to be a major setback for international efforts to avert drastic global warming.
The resulting legislation — which essentially averts crises in Texas’ biggest and third-biggest cities — was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday.
Obama had made efforts during his administration to reduce US emissions in an attempt to avert catastrophic climate change.
Brock averted a shutout with RBI singles in the sixth inning by catcher Anarenee Beyer and pitcher Mattye Tyler, both juniors.
Everyone was just glad to avert a government shutdown -- to say nothing of House Republicans finally settling on a new speaker in Ryan.
The program has averted 176,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions since it got started in 2014, by the California grid operator's estimate — equivalent to taking more than 37,000 cars off the road for a year.
The suit survived a motion to dismiss in February and had been set for trial early next year, but that future was averted this week.
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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
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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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