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avert

[ uh-vurt ]
/ əˈvɜrt /
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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.

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Origin of avert

1400–50; late Middle English <Middle French avertir ≪ Latin āvertere, equivalent to ā-a-4 + vertere to turn
a·vert·ed·ly, adverba·vert·er, nouna·vert·i·ble, a·vert·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vert·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for avert

avert
/ (əˈvɜːt) /

verb (tr)

to turn away or asideto avert one's gaze
to ward off; prevent from occurringto avert danger
avertible or avertable, adjective
C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse
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