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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 ?
There are evils worse than death," said Duncan, speaking hoarsely, and as if fretful at her importunity, "but which the presence of one who would die in your behalf may avert.
Quiet and peaceable in his disposition, he hoped, by unremitting diligence, to avert from himself at least a portion of the evils of his condition.
That, it meseemeth, might well be," said the abbot, who saw his opportunity to smooth things and avert disaster, "for it were not likely that so wonderful a gift as this would be conferred for the revelation of the concerns of lesser beings than such as be born near to the summits of greatness.
To avert suspicion, he had judged it best that the line should continue to move; so he caught that ram, and at the time that he was sitting on it making the rope fast to it, we were imagining that he was lying in a swoon, overcome by fatigue and distress.
But they discovered the danger in time, and made shift to avert it.
They seemed to be within half a sentence of Harriet, and her immediate feeling was to avert the subject, if possible.
My head still ached and bled with the blow and fall I had received: no one had reproved John for wantonly striking me; and because I had turned against him to avert farther irrational violence, I was loaded with general opprobrium.
For his life he could not avert that excess of emotion: mingled anguish and humiliation overcame him completely.
Her hope had been to avert the wrath of Heaven from a House that had long been hateful to the suffering many.
When, under cover of the night, I flew to Miss Mills, whom I saw by stealth in a back kitchen where there was a mangle, and implored Miss Mills to interpose between us and avert insanity.
For hee who tempts, though in vain, at least asperses The tempted with dishonour foul, suppos'd Not incorruptible of Faith, not prooff Against temptation: thou thy self with scorne And anger wouldst resent the offer'd wrong, Though ineffectual found: misdeem not then, If such affront I labour to avert From thee alone, which on us both at once The Enemie, though bold, will hardly dare, Or daring, first on mee th' assault shall light.
I am not romantic fool enough to further the fortune, or avert the fate, of one who is likely to be a successful obstacle between me and my wishes.