prevent meaning

EN[pɹɪˈvɛnt] [-ɛnt]

    Definition of prevent in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGpreventsPRpreventingPT, PPpreventedPREpré-SUF-ent
    1. VT To stop; to keep (from happening).
      1. I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.
    2. VI (now rare) To take preventative measures.
      1. OBS VT To come before; to precede.
        1. OBS VT To outdo, surpass.
          1. OBS VT To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • The villagers fought tooth and nail to prevent the motorway being built through the local woodlands.
              • By overteaching children, we prevent them from focusing on the topics that are important.
              • The SDG polymer complex can significantly prevent liver and renal damage from paracetamol induced hepatonephrotoxicity in rabbits.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Verbs
              • Intransitive verbs
                • Transitive verbs
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              Source: Wiktionary

              Meaning of prevent for the defined word.

              Grammatically, this word "prevent" is a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
              Difficultness: Level 1
              Easy     ➨     Difficult
              Definiteness: Level 7
              Definite    ➨     Versatile