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).

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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?
    • (Can we date this quote by Prior and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Till ardent prayer averts the public woe.
  3. (intransitive, archaic) To turn away.
    • (Can we date this quote by Thomson and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Cold and averting from our neighbour's good.
  4. (transitive, archaic) To turn away.
    • (Can we date this quote by Francis Bacon and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      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]

  • aviert (Sursilvan, Sutsilvan, Puter)

Etymology[edit]

From Latin apertus.

Adjective[edit]

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

  1. (Rumantsch Grischun, Surmiran, Vallader) open

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