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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 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.


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