avert one's eyes

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of avert one's eyes

: to look away
  • He averted his eyes when she approached him.

Word by Word Definitions

avert play
  1. : to turn away or aside (the eyes, one's gaze, etc.) in avoidance

  2. : to see coming and ward off : avoid

eye play eyes
  1. : a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

  2. : all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  3. : the faculty of seeing with eyes

  1. : to fix the eyes on : look at

  2. : contemplate, consider

  3. : to watch or study closely


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