avert

[ uh-vurt ]
/ əˈvɜrt /

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.

Nearby words

  1. aversely,
  2. aversion,
  3. aversion therapy,
  4. aversive,
  5. aversive conditioning,
  6. avertin,
  7. avery,
  8. avery, milton,
  9. aves,
  10. avesta

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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British Dictionary definitions for averted

avert

/ (əˈvɜːt) /

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

avert

v.

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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