verb (used with object)
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Origin of avert
OTHER WORDS FROM averta·vert·ed·ly, adverba·vert·er, nouna·vert·i·ble, a·vert·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vert·ed, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for avert
The most pressing matter is the government spending bill—something that is needed by December 11 in order to avert a federal government shutdown.Stimulus update: McConnell and Schumer discuss averting a shutdown and economic aid|Lance Lambert|November 20, 2020|Fortune
To avert catastrophic levels of warming, we have to make “far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society,” according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The wearing of masks and the social distancing and doing things that some of these other countries have done, like closing down bars…would make a huge difference and would in fact avert the necessity of a strict lockdown.These countries managed to turn COVID-19 around. Here’s how we could do the same.|Kate Baggaley|November 17, 2020|Popular Science
With industrywide coordination, thousands of DNS providers around the world installed a fix that averted this doomsday scenario.DNS cache poisoning, the Internet attack from 2008, is back from the dead|Dan Goodin|November 12, 2020|Ars Technica
The current president has largely ignored the findings and recommendations of scientists, while his opponent’s stated climate plan is generally in line with the changes we know we need to avert climate catastrophe.
Thus, a strike was averted and we have had a Met season this year--albeit a super weird one.
Eyes averted, Stittsworth asked if there was anything Doc Brinkley could do for…“you know… sexual weakness?”The Strange, True Tale of the Old-Timey Goat Testicle-Implanting 'Governor'|Penny Lane|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
The Dowager looked sharply at the girl; but Valerie's face continued averted, her gaze resting on the fire.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
There was therefore one way, and one alone, by which the great woe which seemed to be coming on Europe could be averted.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Kari averted his gaze because elephants are always irritated by the ostentatious bustle of a rhinoceros.Kari the Elephant|Dhan Gopal Mukerji
She looked at me, and her lower lip trembled a little, her eyes suddenly averted from mine.Valley of the Croen|Lee Tarbell
Except Julian and Lillyston there is hardly a man I respect, who does not look at me with averted eyes.Julian Home|Dean Frederic W. Farrar