avert

verb
1 prevent sth
ADVERB
narrowly

Disaster was narrowly averted when two airliners almost collided above Detroit.

VERB + AVERT
try to
be able to, manage to

He managed to avert the closure of the factory.

fail to
PHRASES
an attempt to avert sth, an effort to avert sth
2 turn sth away
ADVERB
quickly

They quickly averted their faces to hide their giggles.

VERB + AVERT
try to
PHRASES
avert your eyes (from sth/sb), avert your gaze (from sth/sb)

He looked up, and she quickly averted her gaze.

Avert is used with these nouns as the object: ↑catastrophe, ↑chaos, ↑conflict, ↑crisis, ↑danger, ↑disaster, ↑eye, ↑gaze, ↑possibility, ↑showdown, ↑strike, ↑tragedy, ↑war

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  • avert — [v] thwart; avoid by turning away avoid, deflect, deter, divert, fend off, foil, forestall, frustrate, halt, look away, preclude, prevent, rule out, shove aside, shunt, stave off, turn, turn aside, turn away, ward off; concepts 121,623 Ant. aid,… …   New thesaurus

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