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avert
used in 1776

only 1 use
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Definition
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
  • The only way to avert "this American storm" was to reach an accommodation just as soon as possible.
    p. 17.2

There are no more uses of "avert" in 1776.

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