Forestall Definition

To delay, hinder, or prevent (an event, for example) by taking action beforehand.
American Heritage
To prevent or hinder by doing something ahead of time.
Webster's New World
To act in advance of; get ahead of; anticipate.
Webster's New World
To interfere with the trading in (a market) by buying up goods in advance, getting sellers to raise prices, etc.
Webster's New World
To intercept.
Webster's New World

Origin of Forestall

  • Middle English forestallen to waylay and rob from forestal highway robbery, ambush from Old English foresteall fore- fore- steall position stel- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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