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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