- 1avert something to prevent something bad or dangerous from happening A disaster was narrowly averted. He did his best to avert suspicion. Talks are taking place in an attempt to avert a strike.
- 2avert your eyes, gaze, face (from something) to turn your eyes, etc. away from something that you do not want to see She averted her eyes from the terrible scene in front of her.
NAmE//əˈvərt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they avert
he / she / it averts
past simple averted
-ing form averting