- The definition of avert is to turn away or to keep something from happening.
- 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 of avertClassical Latin avertere, to turn away ; from a- (ab-), from + vertere, to turn: see verse
transitive verba·vert·ed, a·vert·ing, a·verts
- To turn away: avert one's eyes.
- To keep from happening; prevent: averted an accident by turning sharply. See Synonyms at prevent.
Origin of avertMiddle 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·vert′i·ble, a·vert′a·ble
(third-person singular simple present averts, present participle averting, simple past and past participle averted)