avert definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • to make away: avert one's eyes.
    • To turn away: avert an individual's eyes.
    • To ward off (one thing about to take place); counter: averted an accident by turning greatly. See Synonyms at counter.
    • To prevent (anything about to take place); counter: averted a major accident by turning sharply. See Synonyms at restrict.
    • to make aside, or away; ; to ward off, or avoid, the event or aftereffects of; “To avert their ire.”
    • to make aside, or away; ; to defend against, or avoid, the event or ramifications of; “To avert his ire.”
  • verb:
    • to show aside or away.
    • to make aside or away.
    • To prevent, or avoid, the incident or aftereffects of.
    • To defend against, or prevent, the incident or outcomes of.
    • to show away.
    • To turn away.
    • stop the occurrence of; restrict from occurring
    • avoid the occurrence of; prevent from occurring
    • change away or aside
    • turn away or apart
  • verb-intransitive:
    • to make away.
    • to make away.
  • others:
    • to make away; switch or trigger to turn down or away: as, to avert the eyes from an object: now seldom with your own object.
    • to make away; turn or trigger to turn down or away: as, to avert the eyes from an object: now rarely with a personal item.
    • To give a turn or path to; direct.
    • to offer a turn or path to; direct.
    • To defend against; prevent the incident or occurring of (evil or something threatened).
    • To defend against; avoid the event or occurring of (evil or something threatened).
    • To oppose; view with aversion.
    • To oppose; view with aversion.
    • To turn away.
    • to show away.

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