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Synonyms of 'prevent'

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

in the sense of avert
Definition
to ward off
A fresh tragedy was narrowly averted yesterday.
Synonyms
in the sense of avoid
Definition
to prevent from happening
She had to take emergency action to avoid a disaster.
Synonyms
in the sense of balk
Definition
to thwart, check, or foil

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