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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

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.
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