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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.averting - the act of preventing something from occurring; "averting danger was his responsibility"
prevention, bar - the act of preventing; "there was no bar against leaving"; "money was allocated to study the cause and prevention of influenza"
2.averting - the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) awayaverting - the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away; "averting her gaze meant that she was angry"
avoidance, shunning, turning away, dodging - deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening
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