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[uh-vurt] /əˈvɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to turn away or aside:
to avert one's eyes.
to ward off; prevent:
to avert evil; to avert an accident.
late Middle English
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 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for averted


verb (transitive)
to turn away or aside: to avert one's gaze
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



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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