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

1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French avertirLatin āvertere, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vertere to turn
Related formsa·vert·ed·ly, adverba·vert·er, nouna·vert·i·ble, a·vert·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vert·ed, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of averted

Historical Examples of averted

  • Philæmon averted his face for a moment, and struggled hard with his feelings.


    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 (tr)

to turn away or asideto avert one's gaze
to ward off; prevent from occurringto avert danger
Derived Formsavertible or avertable, adjective

Word Origin for avert

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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