What does prevent mean?

Definitions for prevent
prɪˈvɛntpre·vent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. prevent, keep(verb)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. prevent(Verb)

    To stop; to keep (from happening).

    I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.

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

  2. prevent(Verb)

    To take preventative measures.

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

  3. prevent(Verb)

    To come before; to precede.

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

  4. prevent(Verb)

    To outdo, surpass.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prevent(verb)

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

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

  2. Prevent(verb)

    to be beforehand with; to anticipate

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

  3. Prevent(verb)

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

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

  4. Prevent(verb)

    to come before the usual time

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

Freebase

  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.]

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  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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Numerology

  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. William Eaton:

    There are many studies now on mental disorders and inflammation and immunity, the immune processes involved in mental disorders are terribly important because if we could understand them we might be able to prevent or better treat disorders -- and we don't have quite enough understanding to do that yet.

  2. Lawrence Kobilinsky:

    It's a very dangerous chokehold, because you can damage the very delicate structures in the throat, ... There are a lot of things police can do to prevent something like this.

  3. Kozo Yamamoto:

    If each country manages to control flows of money with their own (digital) currencies, that could prevent a big swing at a time of crisis and stabilize their own economy.

  4. John Feinblatt:

    Instead of looking for a success story in a tragedy, lawmakers should be talking about how they can prevent gun violence in the first place.

  5. Maria Van Kerkhove:

    All of our guidance that was out before we did that press conference was about limiting exposure to people and to prevent transmission, particularly in health care settings.

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    • A. aggravate
    • B. conform
    • C. interrogate
    • D. carry

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