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deter

de·ter

deter

 
pronunciation:
dih tuhr
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: deterred, deterring, deters
definition 1: to stop or discourage from some action by arousing doubt or fear.
No arguments or pleas could deter him from taking on this dangerous task.
antonyms:
encourage, incite, provoke, push, tempt
similar words:
discourage
definition 2: to prevent; inhibit.
The mayor issued a statement that he hoped would deter criticism of his recent actions.
antonyms:
encourage
similar words:
prevent
derivation: determent (n.)
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