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forestall

fore·stall

forestall

 
 
pronunciation:
for stawl
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: forestalled, forestalling, forestalls
definition 1: to prevent or hinder by taking action beforehand.
The company laid off workers in an attempt to forestall bankruptcy.
synonyms:
anticipate, avert, prevent, ward off
similar words:
circumvent, deter, frustrate, guard against, head off, hinder, obviate, preclude, stave off, thwart, waylay
definition 2: to be aware of beforehand; get ahead of; anticipate.
similar words:
anticipate, foreknow
definition 3: to manipulate sales of by buying up, diverting, or otherwise causing a scarcity of the merchandise.
similar words:
corner, monopolize
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derivations: forestaller (n.), forestallment (forestalment) (n.)