[ uh-vurt ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to turn away or aside: to avert one's eyes.

  2. to ward off; prevent: to avert evil;to avert an accident.

Origin of avert

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Middle French avertir, ultimately derived from Latin āvertere, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vertere “to turn”

Other words from avert

  • a·vert·er, noun
  • a·vert·i·ble, a·vert·a·ble, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for avert


/ (əˈvɜːt) /

  1. to turn away or aside: to avert one's gaze

  2. to ward off; prevent from occurring: to avert danger

Origin of avert

C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse

Derived forms of avert

  • avertible or avertable, adjective

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