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avert
used in Middlemarch

3 uses
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Definition
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
  • I think it was to be expected that I should try to avert some of the hardships which our marriage has brought on me.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (30% in)
  • Rosamond had not foreseen that question and answer in setting out to pay her visit; she had simply meant to gather any information which would help her to avert the parting with her own house under circumstances thoroughly disagreeable to her.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (16% in)
  • At six o'clock he had already been long dressed, and had spent some of his wretchedness in prayer, pleading his motives for averting the worst evil if in anything he had used falsity and spoken what was not true before God.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (52% in)

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