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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

To turn away; to keep something from happening.

Usage examples (35)
  • Instead, it was trying to avert a financial stampede.
  • We're going to do everything we can to avert a famine.
  • My party has called upon them to avert military action.
  • Seeking to avert a trade war, China has agreed to concessions. for more
Tutoring comment
  • When he "adverts" (calls attention to) his accomplishments, she "averts" (turns away) her eyes. But she never "everts" (overturns) his affection.
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