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AVERT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does avert mean? 

AVERT (verb)
  The verb AVERT has 2 senses:

1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
2. turn away or aside

  Familiarity information: AVERT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


AVERT (verb)


Sense 1avert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

stave off; head off; fend off; deflect; avert; ward off; debar; avoid; obviate

Context examples:

Let's avoid a confrontation / head off a confrontation / avert a strike

Hypernyms (to "avert" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 2avert [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn away or aside

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

avert; turn away

Context example:

They averted their eyes when the King entered

Hypernyms (to "avert" is one way to...):

turn (change orientation or direction, also in the abstract sense)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


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