Associations to the word «Prevent»

Wiktionary

PREVENT, verb. (transitive) To stop; to keep (from happening). [from 16th c.]
PREVENT, verb. (intransitive) (now rare) To take preventative measures. [from 16th c.]
PREVENT, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To come before; to precede. [16th-18th c.]
PREVENT, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To outdo, surpass. [16th-17th c.]
PREVENT, verb. (obsolete) (transitive) To be beforehand with; to anticipate.

Dictionary definition

PREVENT, 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".
PREVENT, 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".

Wise words

In words, as fashions, the same rule will hold; Alike fantastic, if too new, or old: Be not the first by whom the new are tried, Nor yet the last to lay the old aside.
Alexander Pope