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Difference between Avert, Avoid and Divert

Avert means to prevent or ward off something.

  • Moderate exercise and diet can sometimes help avert weight gain.

Avoid is to shun or stay clear of something.

  • Tom tries to avoid the tough questions at a press conference.

Divert is to turn aside, distract, or turn from one course to another.

  • I can divert an incoming call to a cell phone with that feature.