Avert Definition

averted, averting, averts
averted, averting, averts
To turn away.
To avert one's glance from an ugly sight.
Webster's New World
To keep from happening; prevent.
Averted an accident by turning sharply.
American Heritage
To keep from happening; ward off; prevent.
He apologized in order to avert trouble.
Webster's New World

To turn aside or away.

To avert the eyes from an object.

To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.

How can the danger be averted?

Origin of Avert

  • Middle English averten from Old French avertir from Latin āvertere ā-, ab- away from ab–1 vertere to turn wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French avertir (“turn, direct, avert; turn the attention, make aware”), from Latin āvertere, present active infinitive of āvertō, from ab + vertō (“to turn”).

    From Wiktionary

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