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DETER (deterred, deterring)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does deter mean? 

DETER (verb)
  The verb DETER has 2 senses:

1. try to prevent; show opposition to
2. turn away from by persuasion

  Familiarity information: DETER used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DETER (verb)


Sense 1deter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Try to prevent; show opposition to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

deter; discourage

Context example:

We should discourage this practice among our youth

Hypernyms (to "deter" is one way to...):

disapprove; reject (deem wrong or inappropriate)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 2deter [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Turn away from by persuasion

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

dissuade; deter

Context example:

Negative campaigning will only dissuade people

Hypernyms (to "deter" is one way to...):

advise; counsel; rede (give advice to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "deter"):

talk out of (persuade someone not to do something)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot deter Sue
They deter him to write the letter


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