- 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 avertir ≪ Latin āvertere, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vertere to turn
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Examples from the Web for averted
Thus, a strike was averted and we have had a Met season this year--albeit a super weird one.Inside the Metropolitan Opera’s Insane Year
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It was ham-handed and poorly done, and it all could have been averted.Life After ‘SVU’: Christopher Meloni on ‘They Came Together,’ Stabler, and His Famous Behind
June 21, 2014
We also averted potential really catastrophic problems with critical infrastructure.
“Through his cooperation, we averted untold millions of dollars in loss to victims,” Assistant U.S. Attorney James Pastore said.
A problem that could have been averted at a relatively small cost wound up causing accidents that killed 13 people.G.M. Becomes Government Motors Again
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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
- to turn away or asideto avert one's gaze
- to ward off; prevent from occurringto avert danger
C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse
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Word Origin and History for averted
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