EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English averten, adverten, 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).

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VerbEdit

avert (third-person singular simple present averts, present participle averting, simple past and past participle averted)

  1. (transitive) To turn aside or away.
    To avert the eyes from an object.
  2. (transitive) To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.
    How can the danger be averted?
    • 1700, Matthew Prior, Carmen Seculare. for the Year 1700
      Till ardent prayer averts the public woe.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To turn away.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To turn away.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Unity in Religion
      When atheists and profane persons do hear of so many discordant and contrary opinions in religion, it doth avert them from the church.

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  • "avert" at OneLook® Dictionary Search.

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Alternative formsEdit

  • aviert (Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter)

EtymologyEdit

From Latin apertus.

AdjectiveEdit

avert m (feminine singular averta, masculine plural averts, feminine plural avertas)

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Vallader) open

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