avert

[uh-vurt]
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:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French avertirLatin āvertere, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vertere to turn

avertedly, adverb
averter, noun
avertible, avertable, adjective
unaverted, adjective
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avert (əˈvɜːt)
 
vb
1.  to turn away or aside: to avert one's gaze
2.  to ward off; prevent from occurring: to avert danger
 
[C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse]
 
a'vertible
 
adj
 
a'vertable
 
adj

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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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Example sentences
If you don't, avert your eyes and avoid the spoilers.
Truman ordered the Army to seize control of the nation's railroads to avert a
  strike.
Gradual steps should be taken to avert an abrupt crisis.
To avert the tragedy of a repeat performance, both sides need to keep their
  hardliners in check.
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