Definition of avert verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    avert

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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- ‘from’ + vertere ‘to turn’; reinforced by Old French avertir.Extra examples Disaster was narrowly averted when two airliners almost collided above Detroit. He looked up, and she quickly averted her gaze. He managed to avert the closure of the factory. They hastily averted their faces to hide their giggles. averting his eyes from the dead child
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