prevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid(verb)
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"
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"
To stop; to keep (from happening).
I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.
To take preventative measures.
To come before; to precede.
To outdo, surpass.
Origin: From preventen, from praeventus, perfect passive participle of praevenio, from prae + venio.
to go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct
to be beforehand with; to anticipate
to intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart
to come before the usual time
Origin: [L. praevenire, praeventum; prae before + venire to come. See Come.]
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
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 prævenīre—præ, before, venīre, to come.]
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Rank popularity for the word 'prevent' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3288
Rank popularity for the word 'prevent' in Verbs Frequency: #219
The numerical value of prevent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of prevent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
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- bránit, zabránitCzech
- verhindern, vorbeugenGerman
- impedir, prevenirSpanish
- ehkäistä, estääFinnish
- megakadályoz, meggátolHungarian
- cegah, mencegahIndonesian
- impedire, prevenireItalian
- 방해하다, 막다Korean
- предотвращать, помешать, мешать, предотвратитьRussian
- förebygga, förhindraSwedish
- ngăn chặnVietnamese
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