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Definition of avert:

  1. To turn aside, or away; as, to avert the eyes from an object; to ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of; as, how can the danger be averted? To avert his ire.
  2. To turn away.

Synonyms:

forefend, fend off, forfend, bend, turn away, knock something on the head, annul, avoid, reject, ward off, turn, obstruct, exclude, void, parry, change, stop, shift, deflect, veer, swing, pivot, quash, squash, turn down, prohibit, turn aside, head off, get in the way of something, obviate, refuse, distract, keep off, study at, thwart, rule out, deviate, preclude, help, eliminate, nullify, invalidate, block, forestall, allow, stave off, debar, rid of, suspend, sidetrack.

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