Avert - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈvɜːrt|  American pronunciation of the word avert
Brit.  |əˈvəːt|  British pronunciation of the word avert

verb

- prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening(syn: avoid, debar, deflect, forefend, forfend, obviate)

avert a strike

- turn away or aside

They averted their eyes when the King entered

Examples

He sped up and averted an accident.

The diplomatic talks narrowly averted a war.

an attempt to avert a strike at the plant

He averted his face.

The tragedy could have been averted if the crew had followed safety procedures.

They averted their eyes when the King entered

...nonstop negotiations in an eleventh-hour attempt to avert a strike...

...an unavailing effort to avert a war...

Sudan requires food immediately to avert a humanitarian catastrophe.

UN troops intervened to avert a threat of violent conflict.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: avert
he/she/it: averts
present participle: averting
past tense: averted
past participle: averted
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