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[uh-vurt] /əˈvɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to turn away or aside:
to avert one's eyes.
to ward off; prevent:
to avert evil; to avert an accident.
Origin of avert
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French avertirLatin āvertere, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vertere to turn
Related forms
avertedly, adverb
averter, noun
avertible, avertable, adjective
unaverted, adjective Unabridged
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  • Philæmon averted his face for a moment, and struggled hard with his feelings.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • Had Mrs. Bines been above talking to low people, a catastrophe might have been averted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • She averted her head, plucking at the strands of the hammock.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • "You must not worry yourself about this," he said to Roden, with averted eyes.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • She hated the place, and yet she seldom hurried by it or averted her eyes.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
British Dictionary definitions for averted


verb (transitive)
to turn away or aside: to avert one's gaze
to ward off; prevent from occurring: to avert danger
Derived Forms
avertible, avertable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse
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Word Origin and History for averted



c.1400, from Old French avertir (12c.), "turn, direct; avert; make aware," from Vulgar Latin *advertire, from Latin avertere "to turn away, to drive away," from ab- "from, away" (see ab-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Averted; averting.

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