Definitions for avertəˈvɜrt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to turn away or aside:

    to avert one's eyes.

  2. to ward off; prevent:

    to avert an accident.

Origin of avert:

1400–50; late ME < MF avertir蠐 L āvertere=ā-a -4+vertere to turn



Princeton's WordNet

  1. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off(verb)

    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

    "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"

  2. avert, turn away(verb)

    turn away or aside

    "They averted their eyes when the King entered"


  1. avert(Verb)

    To turn aside or away.

    To avert the eyes from an object.

  2. avert(Verb)

    To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.

    How can the danger be averted?

  3. avert(Verb)

    To turn away.

  4. Origin: avertere, present active infinitive of averto, from ab + verto. Compare avertir.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avert(noun)

    to turn aside, or away; as, to avert the eyes from an object; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; as, how can the danger be averted? "To avert his ire."

  2. Avert(verb)

    to turn away


  1. AVERT

    AVERT is an international AIDS charity based in Horsham, South East England, United Kingdom.

Anagrams of avert

  1. trave, Trave

  2. Trave

Translations for avert

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to turn away, especially one's eyes

She averted her eyes from the dead animal.

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