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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The user can then stop, wave the cane in the air to find the obstruction and avert it. Caren Chesler, Popular Mechanics, "A Vision Quest," 6 Mar. 2019 If actual duties are imposed after months of threats and negotiations to avert them, the world’s two largest economies will be on the verge of a full-scale trade conflict that has the potential to dent the global expansion. Fortune, "Trump Has Approved $50 Billion in China Tariffs as the Superpowers Inch Toward a Trade War," 15 June 2018 In attendance are mostly top philanthropists from the United States and China, here to address together one of the world’s most pressing problems: climate change, and how to avert it through conservation and sustainability. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "Meet the Chinese Philanthropists Who Are Pledging Big Money to End Climate Change," 25 May 2018 Right fielder Riley Donahue made a perfect throw and catcher Wesley Phillips applied the tag as Watson tried his best avert it. Stefan Stevenson, star-telegram, "TCU regains ace but loses slugging king in loss to Abilene Christian | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 17 Apr. 2018 And so, the intrepid journalist tries his darndest to avert disaster. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Jordan Peele's Take on The Twilight Zone's "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet" Breaks from the Original," 3 Apr. 2019 Now that the Trump administration appears to be closing in on a trade deal with China, and thus hopefully averting a damaging tariff war, the U.S. economy is positioned to grow at 3% to 4% over the next several years. Stephen Moore And Louis Woodhill, WSJ, "The Fed Is a Threat to Growth," 13 Mar. 2019 The country is aiming to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, a goal most climate experts consider an absolute deadline if the world is to avert runaway warming of more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century. Fox News, "Small islands use big platform to warn of climate change," 27 Sep. 2018 The Times-Picayune) Louisiana’s higher education leaders are ramping up pressure on state lawmakers, seeking a decision on taxes soon to avert months of financial uncertainty and a last-minute debate before a massive budget shortfall hits. Julia O'donoghue, NOLA.com, "TOPS, higher education and strawberry farms: Louisiana politics today (Jan. 18)," 18 Jan. 2018

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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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avert

verb

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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