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Definitions of avert

  1. To turn aside or away; turn or ward off; prevent. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. To turn from or aside: to prevent. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  3. To turn away; to prevent. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  4. To turn away or aside. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  5. To prevent; ward off. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. turn away or aside; "They averted their eyes when the King entered" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. To turn from or away. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To turn aside or away from; to take off. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for avert

  1. Some new, severe, extreme policy was evidently necessary to avert the already visible peril. – Two Years in the French West Indies by Lafcadio Hearn
  2. With that, she stepped confidently to the side of her selected escort, who appeared to be at a loss how to avert her kindness. – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
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