avert [uh-vurt] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||verb|
|Definition:||thwart; avoid by turning away|
|Synonyms:||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|
|Notes:||avert means 'prevent, turn away' and avoid means 'stay clear of, shun'
overt means apparent or open to view or plain or public; avert means to prevent or turn away