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avertverb [T]

 us   /əˈvɜrt/
  • avert verb [T] (PREVENT)

to ​prevent something ​bad from ​happening; ​avoid: The last-minute ​agreement averted ​renewedfighting.
  • avert verb [T] (TURN AWAY)

to ​turn away ​youreyes or ​thoughts: The ​shy man was ​standing before me, his ​eyes averted.
(Definition of avert from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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avertverb [T]

uk   us   /əˈvɜːt/
to prevent something ​bad from ​happening: avert a crisis/disaster He argued that the way to avert an ​economiccrisis is for ​individuals to ​follow their usual ​spending habits.avert industrial action/a strike By ​law, the ​president may ​appoint a ​board to avert a ​strike that could ​result in widespread ​interruption of U.S. ​railservice.
(Definition of avert from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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