Synonyms of 'avert'
to ward offA fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
She had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
We took steps to prevent it happening.
These methods prevent pregnancy.
The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
The fact that they live in London precludes them from coming.
a desperate attempt to stave off defeat
They had done little to forestall the attack.
His forearm deflected most of the punch.
to turn awayHe kept his eyes averted.
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in the sense of avoid
to prevent from happeningShe had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
in the sense of deflect
to turn or cause to turn aside from a courseHis forearm deflected most of the punch.
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