Synonyms of prevent
stopDictionary • These methods prevent pregnancy. • We took steps to prevent it happening.
stop • I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
avoid • He had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
frustrate • The government has deliberately frustrated his efforts.
restrain • He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
check • Sex education is expected to help check the spread of Aids.
bar • He stepped in front of her, barring her way.
block • All attempts to complain to his superiors were blocked.
hamper • I was hampered by a lack of information.
foil • A brave police chief foiled an armed robbery.
inhibit • Sugary drinks inhibit digestion.
avert • A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
thwart • They were doing all they could to thwart the terrorists.
intercept • Gunmen intercepted him on the way to the airport.
hinder • Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
obstruct • The authorities are obstructing the investigation.
preclude • Poor English precluded them from ever finding a job.
impede • Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
counteract • Many countries within the region are planning measures to counteract a missile attack.
forestall • They had done little to forestall the attack.
obviate (formal) • This would obviate the need for a surgical operation.
nip in the bud
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avertIf you avert something unpleasant, you prevent it from happening.
• A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
avoidIf you avoid something unpleasant that might happen, you take action in order to prevent it from happening.
• He had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
Thesaurus for prevent from the Collins English Thesaurus
to keep from happening, esp by taking precautionary action