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PREVENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does prevent mean? 

PREVENT (verb)
  The verb PREVENT has 2 senses:

1. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
2. prevent from doing something or being in a certain state

  Familiarity information: PREVENT used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREVENT (verb)


Sense 1prevent [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 "prevent"):

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 2prevent [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent from doing something or being in a certain state

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

prevent; keep

Context examples:

We must prevent the cancer from spreading / His snoring kept me from falling asleep / Keep the child from eating the marbles

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

defend (be on the defensive; act against an attack)

rain out; wash out (prevent or interrupt due to rain)

hinder; impede (be a hindrance or obstacle to)

blank (keep the opposing (baseball) team from winning)

keep away (prevent from coming close)

hold (keep from departing)

exclude; keep out; shut; shut out (prevent from entering; shut out)

hold back; keep; keep back; restrain; suppress (keep under control; keep in check)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP

Sentence example:

They prevent him from writing the letter

Antonym:

let (make it possible through a specific action or lack of action for something to happen)


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