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Meaning & Definition of Prevent in English

English

Prevent

/prɪvɛnt/

verb

1. 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"
    synonym:
  • prevent
  • ,
  • forestall
  • ,
  • foreclose
  • ,
  • preclude
  • ,
  • forbid

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • prevent
  • ,
  • keep

Examples of using

Avoid prolonged use of the console. To help prevent eye strain, take a break of about 15 minutes during every hour of play.
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not place a container filled with liquids on top of the console.
How can I prevent this from happening?