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FORESTALL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does forestall mean? 

FORESTALL (verb)
  The verb FORESTALL has 2 senses:

1. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
2. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

  Familiarity information: FORESTALL used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


FORESTALL (verb)


Sense 1forestall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent; forbid

Context examples:

My sense of tact forbids an honest answer / Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project

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

make unnecessary; save (make unnecessary an expenditure or effort)

avert; avoid; debar; deflect; fend off; head off; obviate; stave off; ward off (prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening)

block; blockade; embarrass; hinder; obstruct; stymie; stymy (hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of)

baffle; bilk; cross; foil; frustrate; queer; scotch; spoil; thwart (hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of)

block; halt; kibosh; stop (stop from happening or developing)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2forestall [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

anticipate; counter; forestall; foresee

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

act; move (perform an action, or work out or perform (an action))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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