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What does "Avert" mean?

Definition

(n.) To turn aside, or away; as, to avert the eyes from an object; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; as, how can the danger be averted? ""To avert his ire (v. i.) To turn away


Synonyms obviate, avoid, deflect, stave off, debar, ward off, fend off, head off, turn away


Example: "They averted their eyes when the King entered" Example: "Avert a strike"


Word Family averted, averting, averts