from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To turn away: avert one's eyes.
- transitive v. To ward off (something about to happen); prevent: averted an accident by turning sharply. See Synonyms at prevent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To turn aside or away.
- v. To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.
- v. To turn away.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To turn aside, or away; ; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; “To avert his ire.”
- intransitive v. To turn away.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To turn away; turn or cause to turn off or away: as, to avert the eyes from an object: now seldom with a personal object.
- To give a turn or direction to; direct.
- To ward off; prevent the occurrence or happening of (evil or something threatened).
- To oppose; view with aversion.
- To turn away.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- v. turn away or aside
Middle English averten, from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere : ā-, ab-, away from; see ab-1 + vertere, to turn; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French avertir ("turn, direct, avert ; turn the attention, make aware"), from Latin āvertere, present active infinitive of āvertō, from ab + vertō ("to turn"). (Wiktionary)