- 1Turn away (one’s eyes or thoughts): she averted her eyes while we made stilted conversationMore example sentences
- She averted her eyes, shifting her gaze to her feet in an attempt to avoid the mischievous curl of his lips.
- You can chew on the irony of icon-maker MTV presenting this notion when you're averting your eyes during the extended surgery scenes.
- Hard and social science will of course progress even though the Supreme Court averts its eyes.
- 2Prevent or ward off (an undesirable occurrence): talks failed to avert a rail strikeMore example sentences
- ‘Treating and curing TB at first sign prevents its spread, averts death and reduces the burden TB patients place on the healthcare system,’ she said.
- Can Africa mount a prevention campaign successful enough to avert an epidemic of Western proportions?
- The far-fetched, last minute intervention, presumably by the hand of God, that averts tragedy from striking the family sits uncomfortably with the raw realism of the rest of the picture.
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- It isn't just the imp of the perverse that suggests that a total wipeout for Microsoft is avertable.
- If companies don't scan client data and an avertable disaster happens, then they could get sued by shareholders or even by the government for noncompliance with the USA Patriot Act.
- Daly and deaths potentially avertable are for a 20 percentage point increase in intervention coverage in a hypothetical sample population of 1 million.
late Middle English (in the sense 'divert or deter someone from a place or a course of action'): from Latin avertere, from ab- 'from' + vertere 'to turn'; reinforced by Old French avertir.