• WordNet 3.6
    • v avert turn away or aside "They averted their eyes when the King entered"
    • v avert prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening "Let's avoid a confrontation","head off a confrontation","avert a strike"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Avert To turn aside, or away; as, to avert the eyes from an object; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; as, how can the danger be averted? “To avert his ire.” "When atheists and profane persons do hear of so many discordant and contrary opinions in religion, it doth avert them from the church.""Till ardent prayer averts the public woe."
    • v. i Avert To turn away. "Cold and averting from our neighbor's good."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • avert To turn away; turn or cause to turn off or away: as, to avert the eyes from an object: now seldom with a personal object.
    • avert To give a turn or direction to; direct.
    • avert To ward off; prevent the occurrence or happening of (evil or something threatened).
    • avert To oppose; view with aversion.
    • avert To turn away.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Avert a-vėrt′ to turn from or aside: to prevent: ward off
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. avertere,; a, ab, + vertere, to turn: cf. OF. avertir,. See Verse (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. avert-ēreab, from, vert-ĕre, to turn.


In literature:

Philip strove to keep the horns of the rising devil out of his heart, and averting his head, stepped on one side to allow the other to pass.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
But Darrell averted his head.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I don't understand, of course, but he is wanted at Kimberley to avert some crisis connected with the mines.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
It was not fear of defeat which had kept his looks averted from Stella's dark and starry eyes.
"The Summons" by A.E.W. Mason
What consequences were likely to ensue, and how were they averted?
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
Gila listened to the story of Uncle Ramsey's offer with bated breath and averted gaze.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
By this means he hoped to avert the impending revolution.
"Bolshevism" by John Spargo
Surely he could warn them and avert the danger.
"The Lost Treasure of Trevlyn" by Evelyn Everett-Green
No, he has left his daughter to welcome guests, and has just gone to Somatirtha, to avert an evil fate that threatens her.
"Translations of Shakuntala and Other Works" by Kåalidåasa
The final close might be delayed, but it was not to be averted.
"Elster's Folly" by Mrs. Henry Wood

In poetry:

'Tis not for these I love thee dear -
Thy shy averted smiles
To Fancy bode a joyous year,
One of Life's fairy isles.
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Dwelt in herbs and drugs a pow'r
To avert Man's destin'd hour,
Learn'd Machaon should have known
Doubtless to avert his own.
"On The Death Of The Vice-Chancellor, A Physician (Translated From Milton)" by William Cowper
The serfs could scarce avert their eye
From his manly form and mien,
As, with closed lids, all reverendly,
He lay in peace, serene.
"The Daughter Of Plantagenet - Fytte The Seconde" by Thomas Cooper
Nay, smile not at my sullen brow,
Alas! I cannot smile again:
Yet Heaven avert that ever thou
Shouldst weep, and haply weep in vain.
"Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: A Romaunt. Canto I. " by Lord George Gordon Byron
Now, O Lord, won't you be good
And give our livestock plenty of food;
And to avert a winter's woe
Give Italian skies and little snow.
"A Cattleman's Prayer" by Anonymous Americas
I pray you, tell me where you go
With heads averted from the skies,
And long ropes trailing in the snow,
And resolution in your eyes.
"A Miracle of Bethlehem" by James Elroy Flecker

In news:

New Yorkers will face a 43 billion dollar tax hike next year if Washington does nothing to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
New Yorkers will face a 43 billion dollar tax hike next year if Washington does nothing to avert the so-called.
Argentina wins debt reprieve, default averted for now.
Port Strike Averted In Portland.
Government shutdown was averted as the House and Senate quickly approved interim spending in the final hour Friday night.
Horse manure attack on Prince Charles averted in New Zealand.
'Fiscal cliff' may be averted but military cuts still likely.
Giving thanks for one scam averted in area.
Arcata's Jolly Giant Dam Sabotaged, Catastrophe Averted For Now – November 21, 2012.
States Brace for Possibility That 'Fiscal Cliff' Isn't Averted .
Fed's Lockhart: QE3 To Stay Even If Cliff Averted .
Mass killing in southwest Missouri averted , police say.
Japan is heading for its seventh prime minister in six years following a deal with the opposition to avert the country's 'fiscal cliff'.
Japan's 'fiscal cliff' averted by early election deal.
Japan Fiscal Cliff Averted as Deal Paves Way for Election.

In science:

Doing so will hopefully also avert many possible confusions with αη -Key Generation, such as those in [5, 6].
Quantum Noise Randomized Ciphers
In studies where interviewees are required to answer sensitive questions, care must be taken to avert these difficulties by ensuring respondent privacy.
Negative Surveys
Moreover, the arrangement of economic units in a coupled network may lead to (undesired) global oscillations unless suitable countermeasures are taken, i.e. unless control policies are implemented which avert global instability and fluctuations.
Stability and dynamical properties of material flow systems on random networks
As clearly shown in Fig. 1, the cooling catastrophe is quickly averted, and the gas entropy increases.
Could AGN Outbursts Transform Cool Core Clusters?
On the other hand there has been much discussion about how this could avert the infinities which plague Quantum Field Theory (Cf.ref. and several other references therein).
Energy and Mass Generation