- 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.
The definition of avert is to turn away or to keep something from happening.
- 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)