verb (used with object)
Origin of avert
Examples from the Web for avert
President Obama said Libya had to be attacked to avert a genocide in Benghazi.
Sometimes, even before shots are fired, Interrupters can predict and avert crisis, according to Slutkin.Using Strategies Reserved for Disease Outbreak, Activists Try to “Cure” Urban Violence|Sarah Kunst|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And they believe in tougher sanctions precisely because they want to avert war.
But over the next two months, watch them avoid making tough debt choices to avert another shutdown, says Peter Beinart.Republicans Don’t Really Care About Reducing America’s Debt|Peter Beinart|October 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
First, will Ted Cruz and/or Mike Lee let the deal move through the Senate quickly enough to avert default?
To avert sickness from a family, hang up a sickle, or iron implement, at the bed head.
It seemed that some great evil threatened his wife and kindred at home—an evil which he had no power to avert.Legends of Longdendale|Thomas Middleton
All these accidents happened in such rapid succession that it was impossible to do anything to avert them.Paddy Finn|W. H. G. Kingston
Plunkett, having heard of this, promptly took measures to avert the defection of his good friends on the Run.The Graysons|Edward Eggleston
He sought to avert his impending fate and humbly implored her forgiveness; but Throigne had not the generosity to save him.Female Warriors, Vol. II (of 2)|Ellen C. Clayton
British Dictionary definitions for avert
Word Origin for avert
Word Origin and History for avert
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.