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Meaning of PREVENT

Pronunciation:  pri'vent

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  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"
  2. [v]  keep from happening or arising; have the effect of preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"

PREVENT is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: forbid, foreclose, forestall, keep, preclude
 Antonyms: allow, let, permit
 See Also: avert, avoid, baffle, bilk, blank, block, blockade, cross, debar, defend, deflect, embarrass, exclude, fend off, foil, frustrate, halt, head off, hinder, hold, hold back, impede, keep away, keep back, keep out, kibosh, make unnecessary, obstruct, obviate, queer, rain out, restrain, save, scotch, shut, shut out, spoil, stave off, stop, stymie, stymy, suppress, thwart, ward off, wash out



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pre*vent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prevented}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Preventing}.] [L. praevenire, praeventum; prae before
    + venire to come. See {Come}.]
    1. To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide;
       to direct. [Obs.]
             We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the
             Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. --1
                                                   Thess. iv. 15.
             We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and
             follow us.                            --Bk. of
                                                   Common Prayer.
             Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen. --Prior.
    2. To be beforehand with; to anticipate. [Obs.]
             Their ready guilt preventing thy commands. --Pope.
    3. To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.
       ``This vile purpose to prevent.'' --Shak.
             Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. --Milton.
  2. \Pre*vent"\, v. i.
    To come before the usual time. [Obs.]
          Strawberries . . . will prevent and come early.