avert

verb
\ ə-ˈvərt How to pronounce avert (audio) \
averted; averting; averts

Definition of avert

transitive verb

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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Those efforts were instrumental in averting a wider catastrophe. Steven Levy, Wired, "Obama’s Ebola Czar on What Strong Federal Response Looks Like," 7 Apr. 2020 The president’s reversal may prove to be an important pivot point in the effort to curb the pandemic, one that in the view of public health officials averted a greater catastrophe. Peter Bakerand Maggie Haberman, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues," 30 Mar. 2020 From Syria to Bangladesh to Uganda, the risk posed to people who have fled war and persecution is potentially dire, and only urgent international action can avert a catastrophe, aid organizations told NBC News. NBC News, "Coronavirus: Crisis moves from China to Europe, Trump signs aid bill, and hospitals prepare for tough decisions," 19 Mar. 2020 Looking inside these companies suggests a better way forward – and hope for society’s ability to avert catastrophe. Paul Adler, The Conversation, "Sanders called JPMorgan’s CEO America’s ‘biggest corporate socialist’ – here’s why he has a point," 6 Feb. 2020 Activists are calling for immediate action from the world’s governments to halt global warming, reduce fossil fuel consumption and avert environmental catastrophe. Matthew Daly, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Teen activist to lawmakers: Try harder on climate change," 17 Sep. 2019 By delaying his tariff increase by two weeks, Trump has allowed for at least the theoretical possibility that the negotiators could make enough progress to avert his tariff increase indefinitely. CBS News, "Trump delays China tariff increase by 2 weeks as "gesture of good will"," 12 Sep. 2019 The Green New Deal, the blueprint for some of the most substantial proposals put forth on the issue, is still framed as our last chance to avert catastrophe and save the planet, by way of gargantuan renewable-energy projects. Jonathan Franzen, The New Yorker, "What If We Stopped Pretending?," 8 Sep. 2019 The country declared a national state of emergency, destroying crops and quarantining plantations in an attempt to avert the spread of the fungus. Matt Reynolds, WIRED, "A Fungus Could Wipe Out the Banana Forever," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of avert

circa 1563, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for avert

Middle English, from Middle French avertir, from Latin avertere, from ab- + vertere to turn — more at worth

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The first known use of avert was circa 1563

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26 May 2020

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“Avert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avert. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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avert

verb
How to pronounce avert (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of avert

: to turn (your eyes, gaze, etc.) away or aside
: to prevent (something bad) from happening

avert

verb
\ ə-ˈvərt How to pronounce avert (audio) \
averted; averting

Kids Definition of avert

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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