See also: avért
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”).
- (General American) IPA(key): /əˈvɝt/
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈvɜːt/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)t
- (transitive) To turn aside or away.
- I averted my eyes while my friend typed in her password.
- (transitive) To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.
- Synonym: forestall
- How can the danger be averted?
- 1700, Matthew Prior, Carmen Seculare. for the Year 1700:
- Till ardent prayer averts the public woe.
- (intransitive, archaic) To turn away.
- See Thesaurus:hinder
Derived terms edit
to turn aside
to ward off
- “avert”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
- open (not closed)
Alternative forms edit
- aviert (Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter)