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avert

a·vert

avert

pronunciation:
vuhrt
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: averted, averting, averts
definition 1: to turn aside or away.
She averted her glance whenever I tried to wave hello.
synonyms:
turn
similar words:
divert, evade, ward
definition 2: to prevent or forestall.
The captain averted a shipwreck.
synonyms:
forestall, prevent, ward off
similar words:
avoid, circumvent, fend off, frustrate, obviate, parry, plead, stave off