avert verb

1 prevent sth

ADV. narrowly A tragedy was narrowly averted when a lorry crashed into a crowded restaurant.

VERB + AVERT attempt to, try to | manage to He managed to avert the closure of the factory. | fail to

PHRASES an attempt/effort to avert sth

2 turn sth away

ADV. hastily, quickly They hastily averted their faces to hide their giggles.

VERB + AVERT try to

PREP. from averting his eyes from the dead child