avert

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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).

Verb[edit]

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?
    • Milton
      To avert his ire.
    • Prior
      Till ardent prayer averts the public woe.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To turn away.
    • Thomson
      Cold and averting from our neighbour's good.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To turn away.
    • Francis Bacon
      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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References[edit]

  • "avert" at OneLook® Dictionary Search.

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Romansch[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter) aviert

Etymology[edit]

From Latin apertus.

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Vallader) open