to turn away or aside:
to avert one’s eyes.
to ward off; prevent:
to avert evil; to avert an accident.
For the moment, if it ever was a serious possibility, an Israeli strike has been averted.
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The hold-your-nose solution may have been ugly, but the Apocalypse was averted.
You Can’t Ask for More Ted Widmer November 1, 2009
A conflict with the cops had been averted in full view of television cameras.
The Battle For Wall Street John Avlon October 13, 2011
There was even an effort to set off bombs disguised as fire extinguishers in New York City, which was averted only by luck.
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We also averted potential really catastrophic problems with critical infrastructure.
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Her eyes were averted, and she withdrew her hand quietly but gently, as not upbraiding him.
The Golden Dog William Kirby
Had Mrs. Bines been above talking to low people, a catastrophe might have been averted.
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
Julia averted her eyes, and blushed scarlet, but placed her hand in that of the count just as her mother entered the apartment.
The Three Brides, Love in a Cottage, and Other Tales Francis A. Durivage
She averted her head, plucking at the strands of the hammock.
The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
Hurriedly resuming his walk, Oliver passed Loman with averted eyes, and went on his way.
The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic’s Talbot Baines Reed
to turn away or aside: to avert one’s gaze
to ward off; prevent from occurring: to avert danger
c.1400, from Old French avertir (12c.), “turn, direct; avert; make aware,” from Vulgar Latin *advertire, from Latin avertere “to turn away, to drive away,” from ab- “from, away” (see ab-) + vertere “to turn” (see versus). Related: Averted; averting.
to turn away or aside: to avert one’s eyes. to ward off; prevent: to avert evil; to avert an accident. Historical Examples Then, as he avertedly drew the letter from his bosom, he whispered to himself—Out on thee, Pierre! Pierre; or The Ambiguities Herman Melville verb (transitive) to turn away or aside: to avert one’s […]
to turn away or aside: to avert one’s eyes. to ward off; prevent: to avert evil; to avert an accident. Historical Examples Taken in a stimulant dose, tobacco is not only not a producer, it is an averter, of paralysis. Tobacco and Alcohol John Fiske verb (transitive) to turn away or aside: to avert one’s […]
a brand of tribromoethanol.
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