Prevent

Definition of Prevent

Pre`vent´
v. t.1.To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct.
[imp. & p. p. Prevented; p. pr. & vb. n. Preventing.]
We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
- 1 Thess. iv. 15.
We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us.
- Bk. of Common Prayer.
Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen.
- Prior.
2.To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
3.To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.
v. i.1.To come before the usual time.
Strawberries . . . will prevent and come early.
- Bacon.

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abort, anticipate, arrest, avert, avoid, baffle, balk, ban, bar, control, curb, dam, debar, deflect, delay, deny, disallow, discourage, dishearten, embargo, enjoin, estop, exclude, exclude from, fend, fend off, foil, forbid, foreclose, frustrate, hamper, inhibit, intercept, interdict, keep from, keep off, mitigate, outlaw, prohibit, proscribe, refuse, reject, repel, repress, restrain, retard, rule out, save, say no to, shut out, stave off, suppress, taboo, thwart, turn aside, ward, ward off
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