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Meaning & Definition of Prevent in English





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"
  • 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"
  • prevent,
  • keep

Examples of using

I'm afraid of death very much. But thus I don't prevent it, but rather give myself some problems.
We're trying to prevent forest fires.
Who can prevent it?