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English definition of “avert”

avert

verb [T] (PREVENT)    /əˈvɜːt/ US  /-ˈvɝːt/
to prevent something bad from happening: to avert a crisis/conflict/strike/famine to avert disaster/economic collapse → Synonym avoidPreventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of avert verb (PREVENT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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