Avert meaning

ə-vûrt'
To keep from happening; prevent.

Averted an accident by turning sharply.

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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.

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To turn away.

Avert one's eyes.

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To keep from happening; ward off; prevent.

He apologized in order to avert trouble.

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To turn away.

To avert one's glance from an ugly sight.

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To turn aside or away.

To avert the eyes from an object.

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

How can the danger be averted?

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(intransitive, archaic) To turn away.
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(archaic) To turn away.
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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