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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidverb

    keep from happening or arising; make impossible

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

  2. prevent, keepverb

    stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

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


  1. preventverb

    To stop; to keep (from happening).

    I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.

  2. preventverb

    To take preventative measures.

  3. preventverb

    To come before; to precede.

  4. preventverb

    To outdo, surpass.

  5. Etymology: From preventen, from praeventus, perfect passive participle of praevenio, from prae + venio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Preventverb

    to go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct

  2. Preventverb

    to be beforehand with; to anticipate

  3. Preventverb

    to intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart

  4. Preventverb

    to come before the usual time

  5. Etymology: [L. praevenire, praeventum; prae before + venire to come. See Come.]


  1. PReVENT

    PReVENT is a European automotive industry activity co-funded by the European Commission to contribute to road safety by developing and demonstrating preventive safety applications and technologies. Preventive and active safety applications help drivers to avoid or mitigate accidents by using in-vehicle systems that sense the nature and significance of the danger, while taking the driver’s state into account. The PReVENT project is one of the largest initiative on road safety co-funded as an Integrated Project by the European Commission. The total budget amounts to more than €55 million for a duration of 4 years starting from February 2004 to January 2008. It involves more than 50 European partners from the most prominent vehicle manufacturers and equipment suppliers to the best intelligent vehicle research laboratories in Europe. Three general concepts have been followed throughout the PReVENT Integrated Project: The Virtual Safety Belt, the Time-To-Collision timescale and Three-layer architecture. The Virtual Safety Belt is the concept of integrating complementary safety functions in one vehicle. PReVENT partners have worked together to develop the virtual safety belt around the vehicle by

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prevent

    prē-vent′, v.t. to hinder: to check: to render impossible: (orig.) to go before: to be earlier than.—v.t. Prēvene′ (rare), to precede.—n. Prevē′nience.—adj. Prevē′nient (Milt.), going before: preceding: preventive.—n. Preventabil′ity, the quality of being preventable.—adj. Preven′table, that may be prevented or hindered.—ns. Preven′ter, one who, or that which, prevents or hinders: (naut.) an additional rope or spar for strengthening the ordinary one; Preven′tion, act of preventing: anticipation or forethought: obstruction.—adjs. Preven′tive, Preven′tative, tending to prevent or hinder: preservative.—n. that which prevents: a preservative.—adv. Preven′tively.—n. Preven′tiveness.—Preventive service, the service rendered by the coastguard in preventing smuggling. [L. præventus, pa.p. of prævenīrepræ, before, venīre, to come.]

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prevent' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1505

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prevent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3288

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'prevent' in Verbs Frequency: #219

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prevent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of prevent in a Sentence

  1. Anya Topiwala:

    So many people drink' moderately,' and think this is either harmless or even protective, as we have yet to find a' cure' for neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, knowing about factors that can prevent brain harm is important for public health.

  2. Michael McCaul:

    What’s even more concerning is that top officials have testified before this committee that intelligence gaps prevent us from being able to confidently weed out terrorists.

  3. Rashad Robinson:

    Jeff Bezos built Jeff Bezos Bezos multibillion-dollar empire on exploitative practices including wage theft and surveillance tactics designed to bully workers into silence and prevent them from organizing.

  4. President Obama:

    All across America, survivors of gun violence and those who lost a child, a parent, a spouse to gun violence are forced to mark such awful anniversaries every single day, yet Congress still hasn’t done anything to prevent what happened to them from happening to other families.

  5. Patrick Lynch:

    The apprehension was made under fluid circumstances where the subject might have fled and the officer did a professional job of bringing the individual to the ground to prevent that occurrence, it is truly unfortunate that the arrest was a result of mistaken identity by the complainant in the case and we regret any embarrassment or injury suffered by Mr. Blake as a result.

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. summon
    • B. affront
    • C. denudate
    • D. loom

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