verb (used without object)
to remark or comment; refer (usually followed by to ): He adverted briefly to the news of the day.
to turn the attention (usually followed by to ): The committee adverted to the business at hand.
Origin: 1375–1425; late Middle English a
< Old French a
≪ Latin advertere
to pay attention, equivalent to ad- ad-
to turn; ad-
replacing a- a-5