Avert
Avert A*vert", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Averted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Averting}.] [L. avertere; a, ab + vertere to turn: cf. OF. avertir. See {Verse}, n.] To turn aside, or away; as, to avert the eyes from an object; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; as, how can the danger be averted? ``To avert his ire.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

When atheists and profane persons do hear of so many discordant and contrary opinions in religion, it doth avert them from the church. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

Till ardent prayer averts the public woe. --Prior. [1913 Webster]


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  • avert — UK US /əˈvɜːt/ verb [T] ► to prevent something bad from happening: avert a crisis/disaster »He argued that the way to avert an economic crisis is for individuals to follow their usual spending habits. avert industrial action/a strike »By law, the …   Financial and business terms

  • avert — [ə vʉrt′] vt. [L avertere, to turn away < a (ab ), from + vertere, to turn: see VERSE] 1. to turn away [to avert one s glance from an ugly sight] 2. to keep from happening; ward off; prevent [he apologized in order to avert trouble] SYN.… …   English World dictionary

  • avert — (v.) 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 (see AB (Cf. ab )) + vertere to turn (see VERSUS (Cf. versus)). Related …   Etymology dictionary

  • Avert — A*vert , v. i. To turn away. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Cold and averting from our neighbor s good. Thomson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • avert — I verb amovere, arrest, avertere, avoid, change the course of, check, counteract, deflect, deter, divert, fend off, forestall, head off, intercept, make possible the avoidance of, parry, prevent, prohibere, shove aside, shunt, stave off, thwart,… …   Law dictionary

  • avert — 1 *turn, deflect, sheer, divert Analogous words: bend, twist, *curve: shift, remove, transfer, *move 2 ward, *prevent, obviate, preclude Analogous words: *escape, avoid, shun, eschew, evade, elude: forestall, antici …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • avert — [v] thwart; avoid by turning away avoid, deflect, deter, divert, fend off, foil, forestall, frustrate, halt, look away, preclude, prevent, rule out, shove aside, shunt, stave off, turn, turn aside, turn away, ward off; concepts 121,623 Ant. aid,… …   New thesaurus

  • avert — ► VERB 1) turn away (one s eyes). 2) prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence). ORIGIN Latin avertere, from vertere to turn …   English terms dictionary

  • avert — verb 1 prevent sth ADVERB ▪ narrowly ▪ Disaster was narrowly averted when two airliners almost collided above Detroit. VERB + AVERT ▪ try to ▪ be able to, ma …   Collocations dictionary

  • avert — avertedly, adv. averter, n. avertible, avertable, adj. /euh verrt /, v.t. 1. to turn away or aside: to avert one s eyes. 2. to ward off; prevent: to avert evil; to avert an accident. [1400 50; late ME < MF avertir L avertere, equiv. to a A 4 +… …   Universalium

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