What does deter mean?

Definitions for deterdɪˈtɜr

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word deter.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deter, discourage(verb)

    try to prevent; show opposition to

    "We should discourage this practice among our youth"

  2. dissuade, deter(verb)

    turn away from by persuasion

    "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people"


  1. deter(Verb)

    To prevent something from happening.

  2. deter(Verb)

    To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.

  3. Origin: From deterreo, from + .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deter(verb)

    to prevent by fear; hence, to hinder or prevent from action by fear of consequences, or difficulty, risk, etc

  2. Origin: [L. deterrere; de + terrere to frighten, terrify. See Terror.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deter

    de-tėr′, v.t. to frighten from: to hinder or prevent:—pr.p. deter′ring; pa.p. deterred′.—n. Deter′ment. [L. deterrērede, from, terrēre, to frighten.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of deter in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of deter in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Ronald Reagan:

    Some say it will bring war to the heavens, but its purpose is to deter war, in the heavens and on earth.

  2. Fabrice:

    I would readily admit that women are superior to us if it could deter them from pretending to be our equals!

  3. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus:

    We're going to be there, we're going to deter. That's the main reason we're there -- to deter potential aggression.

  4. Abraham Lincoln:

    The probability that we may fail in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just.

  5. Frederick Ben Hodges:

    There are going to be U.S. Army forces here in Lithuania, as well as Estonia and Latvia and Poland for as long as is required to deter Russian aggression and to assure our allies.

Images & Illustrations of deter

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Translations for deter

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • разубеждавам, възпирамBulgarian
  • verhindern, abhaltenGerman
  • disuadir, evitar, prevenir, desalentarSpanish
  • estää, pidätellä, estelläFinnish
  • empêcher, dissuader, découragerFrench
  • elrettentHungarian
  • scoraggiare, prevenireItalian
  • להרתיעHebrew
  • 予防Japanese
  • verhinderen, ontmoedigenDutch
  • forhindre, avskrekkeNorwegian
  • dissuadir, desencorajar, impedirPortuguese
  • отговаривать, отговарить, разубедить, удерживать, предотвращать, предотвратить, разубеждать, удержатьRussian
  • odgovoriti, osujetiti, spriječiti, odvratitiSerbo-Croatian
  • förhindra, avstyra, avråda, avskräckaSwedish

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