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English definition of “avert”

avert

verb [T] uk   /əˈvɜːt/ us    /-ˈvɝːt/

avert verb [T] (PREVENT)

to prevent something bad from happening: to avert a crisis/conflict/strike/famine to avert disaster/economic collapse
Synonym
Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting

avert verb [T] (TURN)

to turn away your eyes or thoughts: I averted my gaze/eyes while he dressed. We tried to avert our thoughts from our massive financial problems.Using the eyesEyesight, glasses and lensesThe eye and surrounding areaPerceptive
(Definition of avert from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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