Avert - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening (syn: avoid, debar, deflect, forfend, head off, obviate, stave off)
avert a strike
- turn away or aside (syn: turn away)
They averted their eyes when the King entered

Extra examples

He sped up and averted an accident.

The diplomatic talks narrowly averted a war.

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

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