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prevent

pre·vent

prevent

 
 
pronunciation:
prih vent
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: prevented, preventing, prevents
definition: to keep or stop from doing something or from occurring.
He prevented me from speaking.Let us prevent the decline of learning.
synonyms:
avert, deter, forestall, frustrate, hinder, inhibit, preclude, stop
antonyms:
allow, enable, let, permit
similar words:
anticipate, balk, bar, discourage, foil, forbid, hamper, impede, obviate, prohibit, repress, restrain, thwart
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to present a hindrance or difficulty.
synonyms:
hinder
similar words:
balk, stop
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derivations: preventable (adj.), preventer (n.)
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