Synonyms for prevent
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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.
He was prevented by illness from joining the expedition.
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prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidverb
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"
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"
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
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How to use prevent in a sentence?
What actions are currently under way to prevent these actions now?
I started thinking about my years of experience with progesterone, and how Id used progesterone to try to prevent miscarriage.
There was a failure of government in terms of people not using common sense enough to prevent this from happening and identifying it soon enough ... and the people that did this work for me, so I am responsible, my focus now, though is how do we address it? How do we follow up? How do we help these parents and these kids that could go on for years?
I know how important a tool the PATRIOT Act is to help to prevent terrorism to intercede before a terrorist act occurs. I'm not someone who's going to back away at all from the Patriot Act.
We know very little about this particular virus because we haven't seen it, but we want to take as many precautions as we can to prevent any human infections.
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- zabránit, bránitCzech
- verhindern, vorbeugenGerman
- prevenir, impedirSpanish
- estää, ehkäistäFinnish
- megakadályoz, meggátolHungarian
- cegah, mencegahIndonesian
- impedire, prevenireItalian
- 방해하다, 막다Korean
- предотвратить, помешать, мешать, предотвращатьRussian
- förhindra, förebyggaSwedish
- ngăn chặnVietnamese
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