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
Because the agreement set the spending levels for next year's budget, they
  believe a new round of fights will be averted.
Fortunately, he had enough reserves to meet the deficit, so disaster was
  averted.
Although little understood in businesses today, corporate culture is being
  measured-and risk better averted.
The problem, they contend, had not been exaggerated--it had been averted.
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