Definition of avert
- I found the sight so grotesque that I had to avert my eyes …
- —John Gregory Dunne
- avert disaster
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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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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