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a·vert

 (ə-vûrt′)
tr.v. a·vert·ed, a·vert·ing, a·verts
1. To turn away: avert one's eyes.
2. To keep from happening; prevent: averted an accident by turning sharply. See Synonyms at prevent.

[Middle English averten, from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere : ā-, ab-, away from; see ab-1 + vertere, to turn; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

a·vert′i·ble, a·vert′a·ble adj.

avert

(əˈvɜːt)
vb (tr)
1. to turn away or aside: to avert one's gaze.
2. to ward off; prevent from occurring: to avert danger.
[C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse]
aˈvertible, aˈvertable adj

a•vert

(əˈvɜrt)

v.t.
1. to turn away or aside: to avert one's eyes.
2. to ward off; prevent: to avert an accident.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French avertir « Latin āvertere=ā- a-4 + vertere to turn]
a•vert′er, n.
a•vert′i•ble, a•vert′a•ble, adj.

avert

- Etymologically, it means "to turn away": blows can be averted, but not pain; a snub can be averted, but not a humiliation; violence can be averted, but not damage.
See also related terms for snub.

avert


Past participle: averted
Gerund: averting

Imperative
avert
avert
Present
I avert
you avert
he/she/it averts
we avert
you avert
they avert
Preterite
I averted
you averted
he/she/it averted
we averted
you averted
they averted
Present Continuous
I am averting
you are averting
he/she/it is averting
we are averting
you are averting
they are averting
Present Perfect
I have averted
you have averted
he/she/it has averted
we have averted
you have averted
they have averted
Past Continuous
I was averting
you were averting
he/she/it was averting
we were averting
you were averting
they were averting
Past Perfect
I had averted
you had averted
he/she/it had averted
we had averted
you had averted
they had averted
Future
I will avert
you will avert
he/she/it will avert
we will avert
you will avert
they will avert
Future Perfect
I will have averted
you will have averted
he/she/it will have averted
we will have averted
you will have averted
they will have averted
Future Continuous
I will be averting
you will be averting
he/she/it will be averting
we will be averting
you will be averting
they will be averting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been averting
you have been averting
he/she/it has been averting
we have been averting
you have been averting
they have been averting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been averting
you will have been averting
he/she/it will have been averting
we will have been averting
you will have been averting
they will have been averting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been averting
you had been averting
he/she/it had been averting
we had been averting
you had been averting
they had been averting
Conditional
I would avert
you would avert
he/she/it would avert
we would avert
you would avert
they would avert
Past Conditional
I would have averted
you would have averted
he/she/it would have averted
we would have averted
you would have averted
they would have averted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.avert - prevent the occurrence ofavert - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
2.avert - turn away or asideavert - turn away or aside; "They averted their eyes when the King entered"
turn - change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense; "Turn towards me"; "The mugger turned and fled before I could see his face"; "She turned from herself and learned to listen to others' needs"

avert

verb
1. ward off, avoid, prevent, frustrate, fend off, preclude, stave off, forestall A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
2. turn away, turn, turn aside He kept his eyes averted.

avert

verb
1. To change the direction or course of:
2. To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action:
Translations
يَتَجَنَّب ، يَمْنَع، يَتَفادىيُحَوِّل بَصَرَه
odvrátitzamezit
afværgeforhindre
elfordít
beina burtkoma í veg fyrir
išvengtinukreiptinusukti
novērst
başka tarafa çevirmekönlemekönüne geçmek

avert

[əˈvɜːt] VT
1. (= turn away) [+ eyes, thoughts] → apartar (from de) [+ suspicion] → desviar (from de) [+ possibility] → evitar
2. (= prevent) [+ accident, danger etc] → prevenir
3. (= parry) [+ blows] → desviar

avert

[əˈvɜːrt] vt
[+ strike, war] → éviter
[+ one's eyes, gaze] → détourner

avert

vt
(= turn away) eyes, gazeabwenden, abkehren (geh)
(= prevent)verhindern, abwenden; suspicionablenken; blow etcabwehren; accidentverhindern, verhüten

avert

[əˈvɜːt] vt (prevent, accident, danger) → evitare; (turn away, eyes, thoughts) to avert (from)distogliere (da), allontanare (da)

avert

(əˈvəːt) verb
1. to turn away, especially one's eyes. She averted her eyes from the dead animal.
2. to prevent. to avert disaster.
References in classic literature ?
Then no man, however wise, will be able to avert the consequences that must ensue.
Our plans are defeated, girl; the obstinacy of the Leather-Stocking has brought down the indignation of the law on his head, and it is now out of my power to avert it.
He that dies in an earnest pursuit, is like one that is wounded in hot blood; who, for the time, scarce feels the hurt; and therefore a mind fixed, and bent upon somewhat that is good, doth avert the dolors of death.
As I heard that and saw the ugly attitude of the men of Helium toward the soldiers of Zat Arras, I knew that only a miracle could avert a clash that would end in civil war.
I turned and, running madly, made for the first group of trees, perhaps a hundred yards away; but I ran slantingly and stumbling, for I could not avert my face from these things.
We must also consider by whom it is said or done, to whom, when, by what means, or for what end; whether, for instance, it be to secure a greater good, or avert a greater evil.
If anyone could save me from this squalor, and restore to me my good name, and avert from me future poverty and want and misfortune, he is the man to do it.
Vera Lebedeff told all she knew, and by Lebedeff's advice it was decided that all three should go to Petersburg as quickly as possible, in order to avert "what might so easily happen.
He read in the looks of Beaumanoir ruin to Bois-Guilbert and to himself, unless he should be able to avert the impending storm.
Thuvia turned the bow upward in an effort to avert the imminent tragedy, but she succeeded only in lessening the shock of the flier's impact as she struck the ground beside the Kaolian ship.
The merchant, protesting his innocence, bewailed his wife and children, and tried pitifully to avert his fate.
The tact and skill which suffice to avert a Woman's sting are unequal to the task of stopping a Woman's mouth; and as the wife has absolutely nothing to say, and absolutely no constraint of wit, sense, or conscience to prevent her from saying it, not a few cynics have been found to aver that they prefer the danger of the death-dealing but inaudible sting to the safe sonorousness of a Woman's other end.