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avert

[uh-vurt] /əˈvɜrt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to turn away or aside:
to avert one's eyes.
2.
to ward off; prevent:
to avert evil; to avert an accident.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Middle French avertirLatin āvertere, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vertere to turn
Related forms
avertedly, adverb
averter, noun
avertible, avertable, adjective
unaverted, adjective
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avert

/əˈvɜːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to turn away or aside to avert one's gaze
2.
to ward off; prevent from occurring to avert danger
Derived Forms
avertible, avertable, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse
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Word Origin and History for aver table
avert
c.1400, from O.Fr. avertir (12c.), "turn, direct; avert; make aware," from V.L. *advertire, from L. avertere "to turn away, to drive away," from ab- "from, away" + vertere "to turn" (see versus).
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