"averting" in the noun sense
the act of preventing something from occurring
"averting danger was his responsibility"
2. aversion, averting
the act of turning yourself (or your gaze) away
"averting her gaze meant that she was angry"
"averting" in the verb sense
1. debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off
prevent the occurrence of prevent from happening
"Let's avoid a confrontation"
"head off a confrontation"
"avert a strike"
2. avert, turn away
turn away or aside
"They averted their eyes when the King entered"
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