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WARD OFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ward off mean? 

WARD OFF (verb)
  The verb WARD OFF has 2 senses:

1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
2. avert, turn away, or repel

  Familiarity information: WARD OFF used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


WARD OFF (verb)


Sense 1ward off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

stave off; head off; fend off; deflect; avert; ward off; debar; avoid; obviate

Context examples:

Let's avoid a confrontation / head off a confrontation / avert a strike

Hypernyms (to "ward off" is one way to...):

forbid; foreclose; forestall; preclude; prevent (keep from happening or arising; make impossible)

Sentence frames:

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


Sense 2ward off [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Avert, turn away, or repel

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

Ward off danger

Hypernyms (to "ward off" is one way to...):

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

Sentence frames:

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


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