avert

[uh-vurt]
verb (used with object)
  1. to turn away or aside: to avert one's eyes.
  2. 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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Examples from the Web for averter

Historical Examples of averter

  • Taken in a stimulant dose, tobacco is not only not a producer, it is an averter, of paralysis.


British Dictionary definitions for averter

avert

verb (tr)
  1. to turn away or asideto avert one's gaze
  2. 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 averter

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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