- 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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Then, as he avertedly drew the letter from his bosom, he whispered to himself—Out on thee, Pierre!Pierre; or The Ambiguities
- to turn away or asideto avert one's gaze
- to ward off; prevent from occurringto avert danger
Word Origin for avert
C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse
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