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Princeton's WordNet

  1. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward offverb

    prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

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

  2. avert, turn awayverb

    turn away or aside

    "They averted their eyes when the King entered"


  1. avertverb

    To turn aside or away.

    To avert the eyes from an object.

  2. avertverb

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

    How can the danger be averted?

  3. avertverb

    To turn away.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To AVERTverb

    Etymology: averto, Lat.

    I beseech you
    T’ avert your liking a more worthy way,
    Than on a wretch. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    At this, for the last time, she lifts her hand,
    Averts her eyes, and half unwilling drops the brand. Dryden.

    O Lord! avert whatsoever evil our swerving may threaten unto his church. Richard Hooker, b. iv.

    Diversity of conjectures made many, whose conceits averted from themselves the fortune of that war, to become careless and secure. Richard Knolles, History of the Turks.

    These affections earnestly fix our minds on God, and forcibly avert from us those things which are displeasing to him, and contrary to religion. Thomas Sprat, Sermons.

    Thro’ threaten’d lands they wild destruction throw,
    Till ardent prayer averts the publick woe. Matthew Prior.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avertnoun

    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. Avertverb

    to turn away

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


  1. AVERT

    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

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  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

Examples of avert in a Sentence

  1. Igor Dmitryuk:

    There will be a lot of standing water as the floods recede which heightens the risk of disease, particularly in urban areas, we need to be vigilant to avert any public health crisis, particularly as further rains are forecast with the start of the monsoon.

  2. Robert Weissman:

    The Trump administration is hellbent on repealing the clean car standards, which was the most significant Robert Weissman governmental action program to date to avert climate change and would save consumers tens of billions if left intact.

  3. Obert Gutu:

    ZANU-PF should be utterly ashamed of hosting an expensive birthday bash for their aging ruler whilst more than 90 percent of Zimbabweans are wallowing in grinding poverty caused by decades of Robert Mugabe's misrule and mismanagement of the economy, the money that is being budgeted for this ill-conceived birthday bash should actually be used to import maize to avert the impending starvation in Masvingo province and other parts of the country.

  4. Randy Hughes:

    I am saddened that we live in a world where every threat could be credible, i am grateful for the quick response from the Pittsburg County Sheriff's Department and the McAlester Police Department in the way they handled this situation. Together they helped to( avert) a very potentially dangerous situation.

  5. James Highsmith:

    That is the peak of it all, everyone there is emotionally charged. And what we do is not so much that we intervene. What we are doing is observing. We recognize who is the most hothead and who is the one we can…single out as one of the calm heads. The ones we can talk to, to use as a bridge, so to speak, to get inside and try to talk to these youngsters to try to avert retaliation.

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  • отблъсквам, отклонявам, отбивамBulgarian
  • odvrátitCzech
  • abwendenGerman
  • αποστρέφω, αποτρέπωGreek
  • evitar, apartarSpanish
  • टालनाHindi
  • líta undan, snúa undan, koma í veg fyrir, snúa sér undan, beina frá, afstýra, snúa fráIcelandic
  • evitareItalian
  • 돌리다, 방지하다Korean
  • kaupapare, kaupareMāori
  • zapobiecPolish
  • отби́ть, отбива́ть, отвести́, отводи́ть, предотврати́ть, предотвраща́ть, отража́ть, отрази́ть, отврати́ть, пари́ровать, отвраща́тьRussian
  • หลีกเลี่ยงThai

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