Definition of Avert

1. Verb. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening. "Avert a strike"




2. Verb. Turn away or aside. "They averted their eyes when the King entered"
Exact synonyms: Turn Away
Generic synonyms: Turn
Derivative terms: Aversion

Definition of Avert

1. v. t. 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. v. i. To turn away.

Definition of Avert

1. Verb. (transitive) To turn aside or away. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive archaic) To turn away. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Avert

1. to turn away [v -ED, -ING, -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Avert

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aversions
aversive
aversive behaviour
aversive conditioning
aversive stimulus
aversive therapy
aversive training
aversively
aversiveness
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aversives
avert (current term)
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Literary usage of Avert

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1. Dictionary of National Biography by LESLIE. STEPHEN (1899)
"... the latter being battled in a preliminary effort to avert proceedings by the queen's absolute refusal to entera nunnery, called War- ham and others to a ..."

2. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1816)
"... the Greeks refused to avert, by LX- a general tax, the impending evils of servitude and [ullage ; the oppression of the rich excited a more danger- ..."

3. Southern History of the War by Edward Alfred Pollard (1865)
"His Alleged Inability to avert it.—Critical Condition of the Confederate Armies in Numbers.— Secret Correspondence of Richmond Officials. ..."

4. A History of the Inquisition of the Middle Ages by Henry Charles Lea (1922)
"That the list of conditions was supposititious is rendered probable by other negotiations in which Raymond desperately strove to avert the inevitable ..."

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