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Verb: avert  u'vurt
  1. Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
    "avert a strike";
    - debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off
     
  2. Turn away or aside
    "They averted their eyes when the King entered";
    - turn away

Derived forms: averting, averted, averts

Type of: forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, turn

Encyclopedia: Avert