\ 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 In case of emergency requests — which involve the danger of death or serious injury ��� the company may disclose account details, if it is provided with enough proof that such relevant information can avert those dangers. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 15 July 2021 Big Oil and gas companies are under unprecedented pressure from shareholders, courts, regulators, and the public to cut their carbon emissions to help avert climate change. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, 13 July 2021 Instead of trying to identify and subsidize numerous technologies and activities that avert CO2 emissions, lawmakers could simply target the culprit directly—by taxing carbon. WSJ, 12 July 2021 More than $7,000 behind on rent, Tyesha Young had hoped a program in Louisiana would bail her out and allow her family to avert eviction in the coming weeks. Michael Casey, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2021 In addition to earlier and more rigorous inspections, experts pointed to some scientific techniques that could avert similar catastrophes. Kyle Bagenstose, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 The Alaska Legislature is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a compromise state budget that will avert a government shutdown, pay $1,100 to eligible residents and fund construction projects across the state. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 15 June 2021 Scientists also envision vaccines that might shield against viruses beyond SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) that could avert future pandemics. Alexander Tin, CBS News, 4 May 2021 Some of you have the good sense to avert your gaze when a throat is slashed onscreen, to stay far away from haunted houses and plug your ears to blood-curdling screams. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021

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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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“Avert.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avert. Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of avert

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


\ 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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