Prevent Definition

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prevented, preventing, prevents
To act in anticipation of (an event or a fixed time)
Webster's New World
To anticipate (a need, objection, etc.)
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To interpose an obstacle.
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To keep from happening; make impossible by prior action; hinder.
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To stop or keep (from doing something)
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Origin of Prevent

  • From Middle English preventen (“anticipate"), from Latin praeventus, perfect passive participle of praeveniō (“anticipate"), from prae (“before") + veniō (“come").

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English preventen to anticipate from Latin praevenīre praevent- prae- pre- venīre to come gwā- in Indo-European roots

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

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