Synonyms of 'prevent'
to keep (someone from doing something)We took steps to prevent it happening.These methods prevent pregnancy.
I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
She had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
He stepped in front of her, barring her way.
All attempts to complain to his superiors were blocked.
I was hampered by a lack of information.
A brave police chief foiled an armed robbery.
buildings which inhibit the supply of light and air
A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
They were doing all they could to thwart the terrorists.
Gunmen intercepted them on the way to the airport.
Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
The authorities are obstructing the investigation.
The fact that they live in London precludes them from coming.
Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
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Many countries within the region are planning measures to counteract a missile attack.
They had done little to forestall the attack.
This would obviate the need for a surgical operation.
nip in the bud
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in the sense of avert
to ward offA fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
in the sense of avoid
to prevent from happeningShe had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
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