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Definition prevent from happening


turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
  • We are trying to avert a strike.
avert = prevent
  • She averted her eyes from the violence on TV.
  • ...and averted his eyes.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • Their face did not move and they did not avert their eyes.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • avert = prevent from happening; or turn away or aside
  • All dreaded it, all sought to avert it.
    Abraham Lincoln  --  Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Address
  • avert = prevent from happening
  • Any excuse to avert my eyes from the other passengers.
    Jay Asher  --  Thirteen Reasons Why
  • avert = turn away
  • And inside the watches were engraved after the name of the watch's new owner: 'From the Directors of the Northern and Southern Railway in grateful recognition of the courageous and prompt action which averted an accident on — 1905.'
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • averted = prevented
  • The letter said: Dear Sir, and Ladies — It is proposed to make a small presentation to you, in commemoration of your prompt and courageous action in warning the train on the — inst., and thus averting what must, humanly speaking, have been a terrible accident.
    Edith Nesbit  --  The Railway Children
  • I felt that I tottered upon the brink—I averted my eyes— There was a discordant hum of human voices!
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • Yes, Mae had averted it, she'd been braver than she thought possible, but her nerves, these many months later, were still frayed.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Gracie's face is averted as she edges around the front of the vehicle and opens the door on the driver's side.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Whatever they may be, I fervently beseech the Almighty to avert or mitigate the evils to which they may tend.
    George Washington  --  Washington's Farewell Address
  • The silent crowd of Mormons with lowered and averted eyes made passage for Hare and Caldwell.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • The king obediently bowed and averted his eyes.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • I averted my eyes as the goddess turned into her true divine form and disappeared in a blaze of light.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Battle of the Labyrinth
  • For quite a while he kept his eyes averted.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Others scatter, averting their faces or hiding behind their sleeves.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • War was coming, and America was turning its long-averted face upward.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • My friend Pedro is standing in the back, his eyes averted.
    Simone Elkeles  --  Perfect Chemistry
  • He gazed at her dress, then at her hair, where a becoming hat was set jauntily, then into her eyes, which she took all occasion to avert.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie

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