- 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. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘divert or deter someone from a place or a course of action’): from Latin avertere, from ab-
BrE BrE//əˈvɜːt//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɜːrt//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they avert
BrE BrE//əˈvɜːt//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɜːrt//he / she / it averts
BrE BrE//əˈvɜːts//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɜːrts//past simple averted
BrE BrE//əˈvɜːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɜːrtɪd//past participle averted
BrE BrE//əˈvɜːtɪd//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɜːrtɪd//-ing form averting
BrE BrE//əˈvɜːtɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//əˈvɜːrtɪŋ//