• (RP) IPA: /əˈvɜːt/
  • (America) IPA: /əˈvɝt/

avert (averts, present participle averting; past and past participle averted)

  1. (transitive) To turn aside or away.
    To avert the eyes from an object.
  2. (transitive) To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.
    How can the danger be averted?
    • Till ardent prayer averts the public woe.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To turn away.
    • Cold and averting from our neighbour's good.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To turn away.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Unity in Religion
      When atheists and profane persons do hear of so many discordant and contrary opinions in religion, it doth avert them from the church.
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