Definition of 'avert'
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Sully also has an advantage since it tells the tale of disaster averted. The Sun (2016)Investigators said only luck averted disaster each time. The Sun (2016)Efforts are under way to avert a disaster. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Talks to avert the strike collapsed at the weekend. Times, Sunday Times (2017)He appeared to address a combustible stand-off from which most of the world is only too happy to avert its eyes. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Now I just avert my gaze. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Some narrowly averted discrimination in health and life insurance. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Steel could bear to look no longer and averted his eyes. Man of Honour (2007)What can be done to avert this disaster? Times, Sunday Times (2011)It was enough to help avert the danger. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He averted his gaze and picked up his glass. A Roomful of Birds - Scottish short stories 1990 (1990)Talks to avert a strike by fuel tanker drivers are set to go into a second week. Times, Sunday Times (2012)But that may not avert another tragedy either. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It is better regarded as a medical disaster narrowly averted. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Ministers were faced with a choice of disasters to avert. Times, Sunday Times (2008)It is hard to convince people of danger when that danger has been averted. Times, Sunday Times (2011)But why did she feel that she had to avert her gaze? Times, Sunday Times (2008)Talks aimed at averting fresh postal strikes were adjourned last night and resume today. The Sun (2009)Disaster was narrowly averted and a measure of farce was injected. A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)Learn the lessons so that we avert disaster. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Last night unions and bosses were still in talks to avert a tanker strike. The Sun (2012) Disaster was averted when baggage handlers noticed a smell from the case. The Sun (2010)Ragnor averted his gaze from the slender figure mounting the stairs and finished his ale with an angry gulp. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEThe gardener roared nearby on his machine, eyes rigidly averted. Somewhere East of Life (1994)Some hoot when they realise; others avert their eyes. Times, Sunday Times (2012)He moved in with her; the situation soon became terrifying and catastrophe was only narrowly averted. Times, Sunday Times (2014)This was followed by an ignominious foray in inflatable boats, where again only a miracle averted tragedy. Times, Sunday Times (2012)On this table stood the empty bottle and glass, and from these also he averted his eyes. The House of Mirth (1905)Has emerged as a real defensive leader over the past 12 months and his calmness under pressure often averted danger. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Once more de Gaulle's appeals averted the danger of civil war. The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)
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British English: avert VERB
If you avert something unpleasant, you prevent it from happening.
They need to act quickly to avert disaster.
Definition of avert from the Collins English Dictionary
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