Synonyms for (verb) avert

turn away, avert

turn away or aside

They averted their eyes when the King entered

LESS SPECIFIC: turn


forefend, forfend, fend off, stave off, avert, avoid, obviate, debar, deflect, ward off, head off

prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Let's avoid a confrontation; head off a confrontation; avert a strike