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Definitions of prevent

  1. keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. prevent from doing something or being in a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating the marbles" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. To be beforehand with; to anticipate. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. To come before the usual time. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. To keep from happening; to hinder. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Preventable, preventible. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. Preventer. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. To hinder: to obviate. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  11. Prevention. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. To stop in advance; hinder; check; restrain. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. To take precautionary measures. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Preventable. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. To hinder, impede, or obstruct; to go before; to precede. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  16. To stop or hinder, as the approach of a person, or the performance of something; to impede; to obstruct; in old usage, to go before; to anticipate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. To hinder or preclude. To stop or intercept the approach, access, or performance of a thing. Webster; U. S. v. Souders, 27 Fed. Cas. 1,2(59; Green v. State, 109 Ga. 536, 35 S. E. 07 ; Burr v. Williams. 20 Ark. 171; In re Jones, 78 Ala. 421. thelawdictionary.org
  18. pr[=e]-vent', v.t. to hinder: to check: to render impossible: (orig.) to go before: to be earlier than.--v.t. PR[=E]VENE' (rare), to precede.--n. PREV[=E]'NIENCE.--adj. PREV[=E]'NIENT (Milt.), going before: preceding: preventive.--n. PREVENTABIL'ITY, the quality of being preventable.--adj. PREVEN'TABLE, that may be prevented or hindered.--ns. PREVEN'TER, one who, or that which, prevents or hinders: (naut.) an additional rope or spar for strengthening the ordinary one; PREVEN'TION, act of preventing: anticipation or forethought: obstruction.--adjs. PREVEN'TIVE, PREVEN'TATIVE, tending to prevent or hinder: preservative.--n. that which prevents: a preservative.--adv. PREVEN'TIVELY.--n. PREVEN'TIVENESS.--PREVENTIVE SERVICE, the service rendered by the coastguard in preventing smuggling. [L. præventus, pa.p. of præven[=i]re--præ, before, ven[=i]re, to come.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. Hinder, stop, as this may p. him from writing, p. his (pop. him) writing, wish to p. all dispute; (archaic) meet, deal with, (wish, question, &c.) before it is expressed &c.; (Theol.) God prevents (goes before, guides) us with His grace. Hence or cogn. preventable, preventible, aa., prevention n. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  20. [L.] To anticipate, as in Ps. cxix. 148, and passim. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  21. To assist, as in Collect, "Prevent us, O Lord," etc. ; to go before and clear the way. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy

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