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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 of avert
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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  • Her eyes were averted, and she withdrew her hand quietly but gently, as not upbraiding him.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • Had Mrs. Bines been above talking to low people, a catastrophe might have been averted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Julia averted her eyes, and blushed scarlet, but placed her hand in that of the count just as her mother entered the apartment.

  • She averted her head, plucking at the strands of the hammock.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • Hurriedly resuming his walk, Oliver passed Loman with averted eyes, and went on his way.

British Dictionary definitions for averted

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 averted

avert

v.

c.1400, from Old French avertir (12c.), "turn, direct; avert; make aware," from Vulgar Latin *advertire, from Latin avertere "to turn away, to drive away," from ab- "from, away" (see ab-) + vertere "to turn" (see versus). Related: Averted; averting.

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