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Meaning of AVERT

Pronunciation:  u'vurt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  turn away or aside; "They averted their eyes when the King entered"
  2. [v]  prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"

AVERT is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: avoid, debar, deflect, fend off, head off, obviate, stave off, turn away, ward off
 See Also: forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, turn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.''
          When atheists and profane persons do hear of so many
          discordant and contrary opinions in religion, it doth
          avert them from the church.              --Bacon.
          Till ardent prayer averts the public woe. --Prior.
  2. \A*vert"\, v. i.
    To turn away. [Archaic]
          Cold and averting from our neighbor's good. --Thomson.
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