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prevent

pre·vent

prevent

 
 
pronunciation:
prih vent
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part of speech: verb
inflections: prevented, preventing, prevents
definition: to keep or stop from happening.
The iron gate prevented cars from entering.
synonyms:
avert, frustrate, stop
antonyms:
allow, let, permit
similar words:
anticipate, balk, bar, discourage, forbid, hamper, prohibit, restrain
derivations: preventable (adj.), preventer (n.)
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