avert (v.)

  1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; Lets avoid a confrontation; head off a confrontation; avert a strike

    [ Syn: debar , forefend , forfend , obviate , deflect , head off , stave off , fend off , avoid , ward off ]

  2. turn away or aside; They averted their eyes when the King entered

    [ Syn: turn away ]

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