Definitions for deterdɪˈtɜr

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•terdɪˈtɜr(v.t.)-terred, -ter•ring.

  1. to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding:

    The dog deterred trespassers.

  2. to prevent; check; arrest:

    face cream to deter wrinkles.

Origin of deter:

1570–80; < L dēterrēre to prevent, hinder =dē-de-+terrēre to frighten


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"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. deter(verb)ɪˈtɜr

    to discourage sb from doing sth

    Severe weather deterred travel.


  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

Anagrams of deter

  1. treed

Translations for deter

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make less willing or prevent by frightening

She was not deterred by his threats.

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