- 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.
avert definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Classical Latin avertere, to turn away ; from a- (ab-), from plush vertere, to turn: see verse
avert definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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