avert [uh-vurt] ExamplesWord Origin verb (used with object)

  1. to turn away or aside: to avert one’s eyes.
  2. to ward off; prevent: to avert evil; to avert an accident.

Origin of avert 1400–50; late Middle English Middle French avertir ≪ Latin āvertere, equivalent to ā- a-4 + vertere to turnRelated formsa·vert·ed·ly, adverba·vert·er, nouna·vert·i·ble, a·vert·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·vert·ed, adjective Examples from the Web for unaverted Historical Examples of unaverted

  • The Earl again trotted gently on, raising his hat most deferentially as he came along side of her, as usual, unaverted head.

    Ask Momma

    R. S. Surtees

  • For all that she was of exceptional intellectual enterprise, she had never yet considered these things with unaverted eyes.

    Ann Veronica

    H. G. Wells

  • The sun went down: Theresa gazed with unaverted looks upon the splendor, and both her fine eyes filled with tears.

    Wilhelm Meister’s Apprenticeship and Travels, Vol. I (of 2)

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

  • British Dictionary definitions for unaverted avert verb (tr)

    1. to turn away or asideto avert one’s gaze
    2. to ward off; prevent from occurringto avert danger

    Derived Formsavertible or avertable, adjectiveWord Origin for avert C15: from Old French avertir, from Latin āvertere; see averse Word Origin and History for unaverted avert v.

    c.1400, from Old French avertir (12c.), “turn, direct; avert; make aware,” from Vulgar Latin *advertire, from Latin avertere “to turn away, to drive away,” from ab- “from, away” (see ab-) + vertere “to turn” (see versus). Related: Averted; averting.

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