American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To turn away: avert one's eyes.
- v. To ward off (something about to happen); prevent: averted an accident by turning sharply. See Synonyms at prevent.
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.
- v. transitive To turn aside or away.
- v. transitive To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.
- v. intransitive, archaic To turn away.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To turn aside, or away; ; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; “To
- v. Archaic To turn away.
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
- v. turn away or aside
- 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)
- 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)
“The list of mistakes they tried to avert is familiar, but it bears repeating because of the fresh opportunity to learn from it.”
“May Heaven avert from the Roman republic this national disgrace, which would provoke the patience of the slaves of Persia!”
“And with the country's fledgling security forces still unable to reign them in, if the militias decide that enough is enough, experts believe civil war would be near impossible to avert, that is, if it hasn't already begun.”
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“A cross atop city hall violates the Establishment Clause even if people remember to avert their eyes.”
“In order to better avert the threat of swine flu epidemics like the one currently spreading around the globe, public health efforts must address the conditions that allow pigs to become breeding grounds for infectious disease.”
“General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner has admitted that a national health care program could have helped the auto industry avert financial disaster.”
“If only more had listened to H.G. Wells when in the 1930s he accurately predicted many of the horrors of what would become WWII. “1984” stood as a warning to all of us, and I would maintain might have helped to avert, at least in part, the threat of “Big Brother.””
“This is a direct attack on California and other states that have sought to avert the threat of catastrophic global warming and create green jobs.”
“Members of the panel said their review of the data led them to conclude as a group and individually that reductions in greenhouse gases had to start immediately to avert a global climate disaster, which could leave island states submerged and abandoned, African crop yields down by 50 percent, and cause a 5 percent decrease in global gross domestic product.”
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