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pre·vent

prevent

 
 
pronunciation:
prih vent
features:
Word Combinations (verb), Word Parts
part of speech: verb
inflections: prevents, preventing, prevented
definition: to keep or stop from happening.
Washing your hands can help prevent illness.The police prevented the man from escaping.
synonyms:
frustrate
antonyms:
allow, let, permit
similar words:
forbid, prohibit
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derivations: preventable (adj.), preventer (n.)
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