The definition of avert is to turn away or to keep something from happening.verb
- Looking away while watching a scary movie is an example of to avert.
- Avoiding an argument by keeping quiet is an example of to avert.
- to turn away: to avert one's glance from an ugly sight
- to keep from happening; ward off; prevent: he apologized in order to avert trouble
Origin: L avertere, to turn away < a- (ab-), from + vertere, to turn: see verse
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transitive verb a·vert·ed, a·vert·ing, a·verts
- To turn away: avert one's eyes.
- To ward off (something about to happen); prevent: averted an accident by turning sharply. See Synonyms at prevent.
Origin: Middle English averten, from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere : ā-, ab-, away from; see ab-1 + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
- a·vertˈi·ble, a·vertˈa·ble adjective