Avert vs. Divert

Avert vs. Divert — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Avert and Divert

Avertverb

(transitive) To turn aside or away.

To avert the eyes from an object.

Divertverb

(transitive) To turn aside from a course.

The workers diverted the stream away from the road.

Avertverb

(transitive) To ward off, or prevent, the occurrence or effects of.

How can the danger be averted?

Divertverb

(transitive) To distract.

Don't let him divert your attention; keep your eye on the ball.

Avertverb

To turn away.

Divertverb

(transitive) To entertain or amuse (by diverting the attention)

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Avertverb

To turn away.

Divertverb

To turn aside; to digress.

Avertverb

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;

Let's avoid a confrontationhead off a confrontationavert a strike

Divertverb

turn aside; turn away from

Avertverb

turn away or aside;

They averted their eyes when the King entered

Divertverb

send on a course or in a direction different from the planned or intended one

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Divertverb

occupy in an agreeable, entertaining or pleasant fashion;

The play amused the ladies

Divertverb

withdraw (money) and move into a different location, often secretly and with dishonest intentions