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Synonyms for prevent
prɪˈvɛnt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid(verb)

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

    "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"

    Synonyms:
    proscribe, rule out, counter, interdict, keep, veto, preclude, forestall, prohibit, foreclose, forbid, nix, anticipate, foresee, close out, disallow

    Antonyms:
    allow, permit, let

  2. prevent, keep(verb)

    stop (someone or something) 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"

    Synonyms:
    go along, keep on, celebrate, forestall, go on, keep, restrain, hold back, save, hold, hold on, foreclose, retain, forbid, keep back, proceed, maintain, keep open, observe, hold open, preserve, sustain, continue, stay fresh, preclude

    Antonyms:
    permit, let, allow

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. prevent

    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.

    Synonyms:
    anticipate, forestall, obviate, preclude

    Preposition:
    He was prevented by illness from joining the expedition.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. prevent

    Synonyms:
    hinder, obstruct, bar, neutralize, nullify, thwart, intercept, anticipate, forefend, frustrate, obviate, checkmate

    Antonyms:
    promote, aid, facilitate, expedite, encourage, advance, accelerate, induce, cause, produce

Editors Contribution

  1. choke (verb)

    stop growth

    plants can be choked by grass, and grass can be choked off by weeds

    Submitted by erhnice on July 28, 2019  
  2. choke back (verb)

    fail to control one’s emotions

    they choked back tears (feelings; anger; disappointment, etc.)

    Submitted by erhnice on July 28, 2019  

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. prevent(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    obstruct, HINDER, stop, impede, thwart, intercept, interrupt, obviate, preclude, frustrate, forefend, avert

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. prevent(v)

    Synonyms:
    thwart, hinder, obstruct, preclude, obviate, forestall, intercept, avert, parry, deter, frustrate

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How to use prevent in a sentence?

  1. Jan Egeland:

    It is a violation of international law to prevent us from going, i cannot understand why we cannot go there. Even wounded fighters have a right to be treated under international law.

  2. World Athletics:

    The new schedule will prevent a direct conflict between any of these major events and, with careful programming, will ensure athletes can compete in up to three world-class competitions.

  3. Richard Hasen:

    Most of these changes are unnecessary to make voting more efficient or to prevent fraud, which is quite rare in our elections, these measures are political and are being passed on a partisan basis for partisan reasons.

  4. The NWS:

    Take precautions to prevent frostbite while outdoors.

  5. Melissa McKinlay:

    Tomorrow we must step up and engage in a very honest conversation about why this happened and what we can do specifically to prevent this violence.

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