What does avert mean?

Definitions for avertəˈvɜrt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word avert.

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

  3. Origin: [L. avertere; a, ab + vertere to turn: cf. OF. avertir. See Verse, n.]


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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avert

    a-vėrt′, v.t. to turn from or aside: to prevent: ward off.—p.adj. Avert′ed.—adv. Avert′edly.—adj. Avert′ible, capable of being averted. [L. avert-ēreab, from, vert-ĕre, to turn.]

Anagrams for avert »

  1. trave, Trave

  2. Trave


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of avert in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of avert in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    As prime minister of Israel, I have a moral obligation to speak up in the face of these dangers while there’s still time to avert them.

  2. Aubrey Fox:

    This is enormously important for countries, because if you can, through incremental efforts, knock corruption below that tipping point and control it, you can avert the most difficult consequences.

  3. Micky Morrison:

    But even my 12-year-old son doesn't hesitate to undress in front of me. I figure that he will one day, and that's OK, perhaps one day he will avert his eyes or become uncomfortable with my nudity as well. And that's OK, too.

  4. Jeremy Farrar:

    It's essential that this new body is accountable and can show leadership in the face of emerging health threats, with the authority and independence to act quickly when needed, the support of the global community is also crucial if we are to avert another catastrophe on the scale of Ebola.

  5. Bob Perciasepe:

    For too long it's been too easy for both the U.S. and China to hide behind one another, people on both sides pointed to weak action abroad to delay action at home. This announcement hopefully puts those excuses behind us. We'll only avert the worst risks of climate change by acting together.

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • отклонявам, отблъсквам, отбивамBulgarian
  • odvrátitCzech
  • abwendenGerman
  • αποστρέφω, αποτρέπωGreek
  • apartar, evitarSpanish
  • snúa frá, beina frá, snúa sér undan, koma í veg fyrir, snúa undan, líta undan, afstýraIcelandic
  • evitareItalian
  • 방지하다, 돌리다Korean
  • kaupare, kaupapareMāori
  • отвраща́ть, отврати́ть, предотвраща́ть, предотврати́ть, отводи́ть, отвести́, отбива́ть, отби́ть, отража́ть, отрази́ть, пари́роватьRussian

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