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  • I prevent Lu’s error: result never pi.
  • To prevent sulks, I risk lust, never pot.
  • "Anal sex: if faster germs it opened, I won’t never prevent no wide nepotism regrets," affixes Lana.
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Definition of the verb prevent

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Prevent is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: prevented | preventing | prevents

  1. keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  2. stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
    • examples: We must prevent the cancer from spreading | They prevent him from writing the letter
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Activities - verbs of political and social activities and events
    • synonym of prevent: keep
    • antonym of prevent: let
    • more specific terms:

Alternative definition of the verb prevent


  1. [transitive] To stop; to keep (from happening). [definition from 16th c.]
  2. [context: intransitive, now rare] To take preventative measures. [definition from 16th c.]
  3. [obsolete, transitive] To come before; to precede. [definition 16th-18th c.]
  4. [obsolete, transitive] To outdo, surpass. [definition 16th-17th c.]


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.

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Google previewLanguage Acquisition and Development (2010)

Proceedings of GALA 2009 by João Costa, Ana Castro, Maria Lobo

The only difference is that in the doubly marked lag case the difficult form to prevent is the doubly marked form (individual weightings F > M), whereas in chain shifts the difficult form to prevent is the doubly unfaithful form (individual weightings ...

Google previewHEY! YEAH WANNA BUY A BOOK!?

by Mike Muri

Hate and anger are a natural function of an organism to reject an irritation, like a sliver in the brain: The thing to prevent is an infection turning into resentment and rage. Pete H ...

Google previewThe Pure Food, Drink, and Drug Crusaders, 1879-1914 (1999)

by Lorine Swainston Goodwin

“To cure is the voice of the past, to prevent is the divine whisper of the day.” —Union Signal, April 6, ¡899. Pure. food, drink, and drug reformers began to organize on a national scale ...

Google previewCritical Terrorism Studies since 11 September 2001 (2016)

What Has Been Learned? by David Miller, Jessie Blackbourn, Helen Dexter, Rani Dhanda

The result of this passive temporality regarding events we can do nothing to prevent is a fateful mindset in which the terror events are closer to nature than ...

Google previewStudent’s Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms (2014)

by Martin H Manser

block to prevent someone from reaching a place or from taking a certain action by putting an obstacle in the way: There are barriers blocking the entrance to the stadium. foil to ...

Google previewThe London encyclopaedia, or, Universal dictionary of science, art, literature, and practical mechanics, by the orig. ed. of the Encyclopaedia metropolitana [T. Curtis]. (1839)

by Thomas Curtis (of Grove house sch, Islington)

prevcnient is, preceding; going before, hindering : prevent as a verb neuter is used by Bacon for to come after the time : preventer is either one who goes before or one who hinders : prevention, the act of preceding or ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Epidemiology (2014)

by Miquel Porta

Separation, for the period of communicability, of infected persons or animals from others under such conditions as to prevent or limit the transmission of the infectious agent from those infected to those who are susceptible or who may spread ...

Google previewA military dictionary, explaining and describing the technical terms [&c.] used in the science of war (1778)

by Military dictionary

to cover themselves against the sire of the besieged ; and theresore the gorges aie only palisadoeJ, to prevent surprize. PALISADES. Long pieces of wood or stakes,, planted generally besore posts which might be caken by surprize, or where ...

Google previewThe Eat Right 4 Your Type The complete Blood Type Encyclopedia (2002)

by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo, Catherine Whitney

To prevent S. aureus and C. perfringens infection: □ Never leave uncooked or already cooked foods at room temperature for long periods of time. A lukewarm temperature ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1893)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

So, also, the company is bound to exercise only reasonable care to prevent the injury of one passenger by another.* XVI. Obdinaby Eaixboads in Stbeets and Highways.3 — The occu- pation of a street or highway ...

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Quotes about prevent

The function of a briefing paper is to prevent the ambassador from saying something dreadfully indiscreet. I sometimes think its true object is to prevent the ambassador from saying anything at all. (Kingman Brewster Jr.)
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Scrabble value of P3R1E1V4E1N1T1

The value of this 7-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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