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Synonyms of 'avert'

(verb) 
Definition
to ward off
A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
Synonyms
ward off
,
avoid
She had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
,
prevent
We took steps to prevent it happening.
These methods prevent pregnancy.
,
frustrate
The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
,
fend off
,
preclude
The fact that they live in London precludes them from coming.
,
stave off
a desperate attempt to stave off defeat
,
forestall
They had done little to forestall the attack.
,
deflect
His forearm deflected most of the punch.
(verb) 
Definition
to turn away
He kept his eyes averted.
Synonyms
turn away
, ,
turn aside

Additional synonyms

in the sense of avoid
Definition
to prevent from happening
She had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
Synonyms
in the sense of deflect
Definition
to turn or cause to turn aside from a course
His forearm deflected most of the punch.
Synonyms
turn aside,
in the sense of forestall
Definition
to delay, stop, or guard against beforehand
They had done little to forestall the attack.
Synonyms
head off,
obviate (formal),
nip in the bud,
provide against

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