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Definition of prevent:

  1. To hinder, impede, or obstruct; to go before; to precede.

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Examples of usage for prevent:

  1. The original sense of prevent, to come before, act in advance of, which is now practically obsolete, was still in good use when the authorized version of the Bible was made, as appears in such passages as, " When Peter was come into the house, Jesus prevented him" ( i. e., addressed him first), Matt. xvii, 25; " Thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness" ( i. e., by sending the blessings before the desire is formulated or expressed), Ps. xxi, 3. Anticipate is now the only single word usable in this sense; to forestall is to take or act in advance in one's own behalf and to the prejudice of another or others, as in the phrase " to forestall the market." But to anticipate is very frequently used in the favorable sense; as, his thoughtful kindness anticipated my wish ( i. e., met the wish before it was expressed): or we say, " I was about to accost him when he anticipated me" ( by speaking first); or one anticipates a payment ( by making it before the time); in neither of these cases could we use forestall or prevent. To obviate ( literally, to stop the way of or remove from the way), is to prevent by interception, so that something that would naturally withstand or disturb may be kept from doing so; to preclude, ( literally, to close or shut in advance) is to prevent by anticipation or by logical necessity; walls and bars precluded the possibility of escape; a supposition is precluded; a necessity or difficulty is obviated. Prevent, which at first had only the anticipatory meaning, has come to apply to the stopping of an action at any stage, the completion or conclusion only being thought of as negatived by anticipation; the enemy passed the outworks and were barely prevented from capturing the fortress. Compare HINDER; PROHIBIT.
  2. Pour on it sufficient milk to prevent its burning, and let it boil ten minutes.
  3. It won't prevent my being married to Sam; and Sam says he is glad she is not coming.

Quotes for prevent:

  1. The launch of the report coincides with the initiation by WHO of the global strategy for the prevention and control of osteoporosis, and I think a good partnership could be established in our common efforts to prevent osteoporosis. - Gro Harlem Brundtland
  2. We are also in the process of defining how best to work together with food and other companies to address diet and physical activity factors in order to prevent chronic diseases. - Gro Harlem Brundtland
  3. The standard formulation on remedy is that it ought to cure past violations and prevent their recurrence. That's what antitrust is all about. - Charles James
  4. The establishment of a National Methamphetamine Prevention Week will significantly increase awareness of meth and educate the public on effective ways to help prevent its use. - Ron Lewis
  5. The goal of NIH research is to acquire new knowledge to help prevent, detect, diagnose, and treat disease and disability, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. - Ike Skelton

Idioms for prevent:

  1. prevent from doing
  2. prevent sm from doing sth
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