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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.
  • averted = turned away
  • We're hoping that today's negotiations will help us to avert a strike.
  • avert = prevent
  •   A great shout suddenly went up from the mob; a wave of movement drove it menacingly towards the Savage.
      "Ford help him!" said Bernard, and averted his eyes.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • For a moment she stood over him as though waiting for him to move so that she could whip at him again; but Crooks sat perfectly still, his eyes averted, everything that might be hurt drawn in.
    John Steinbeck  --  Of Mice and Men
  • averted = turned aside
  • 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
  • "That's why," he said speaking with averted face, "I wanted to do something first ... I mean, to show I was worthy of you."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • Bernard looked, and then quickly, with a little shudder, averted his eyes.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • "You see," he said, mumbling and with averted eyes, "I'm rather different from most people, I suppose."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • Lenina nodded her averted head, let out the breath she had been holding and managed to draw another one, relatively untainted.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  •   Tears stood in the young man's eyes; he was ashamed and turned away.
      Still averted from her, the young man made a sign of affirmation.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • With eyes for the most part downcast and, if ever they lighted on a fellow creature, at once and furtively averted, Bernard hastened across the roof.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  •   Back turned to back, Fanny and Lenina continued their changing in silence.
      "There, I'm ready," said Lenina, but Fanny remained speechless and averted.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • In the taxicopter he hardly even looked at her. Bound by strong vows that had never been pronounced, obedient to laws that had long since ceased to run, he sat averted and in silence.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • In the lift, on their way up to the changing rooms, Henry Foster and the Assistant Director of Predestination rather pointedly turned their backs on Bernard Marx from the Psychology Bureau: averted themselves from that unsavoury reputation.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averted = turned away
  • At the sound of his voice the Director started into a guilty realization of where he was; shot a glance at Bernard, and averting his eyes, blushed darkly; looked at him again with sudden suspicion and, angrily on his dignity, "Don't imagine," he said, "that I'd had any indecorous relation with the girl."
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • averting = turning away
  • 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

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