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forestall

verb fore·stall \fr-ˈstl\

: to stop (something) from happening or to cause (something) to happen at a later time

: to act before (someone else) in order to prevent something

Full Definition of FORESTALL

transitive verb
1
:  to prevent the normal trading in by buying or diverting goods or by persuading persons to raise prices
2
archaic :  intercept
3
obsolete :  obstruct, beset
4
:  to exclude, hinder, or prevent by prior occupation or measures
5
:  to get ahead of :  anticipate
fore·stall·er noun
fore·stall·ment \-ˈstl-mənt\ noun

Examples of FORESTALL

  1. Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.
  2. His comments were meant to forestall criticism of his proposal.
  3. He forestalled critics by offering a defense of the project.

Origin of FORESTALL

Middle English, from forstall act of waylaying, from Old English foresteall, from fore- + steall position, stall
First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of FORESTALL

prevent, anticipate, forestall mean to deal with beforehand. prevent implies taking advance measures against something possible or probable <measures taken to prevent leaks>. anticipate may imply merely getting ahead of another by being a precursor or forerunner or it may imply checking another's intention by acting first <anticipated the question by making a statement>. forestall implies a getting ahead so as to stop or interrupt something in its course <hoped to forestall the sale>.

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite

Rhymes with FORESTALL

ALGOL, and all, Antall, appall, Argall, argol, air ball, ashfall, at all, atoll, AWOL, baseball, beach ball, beanball, befall, Bengal, best-ball, birdcall, blackball, Bokmål, bookstall, box stall, bradawl, brick wall, broomball, catcall, catchall, cell wall, COBOL, cold call, cornball, Cornwall, crown gall, cue ball, cure-all, curveball, deadfall, de Gaulle, dodgeball, downfall, downhaul, drywall, duck call, eight ball, enthrall, eyeball, fair ball, fastball, fireball, fire wall, foosball, football, footfall, footwall, forkball, foul ball, four-ball, fourth wall, free-fall, gadwall, game ball, glycol, golf ball, Goodall, goofball, googol, guildhall, hair ball, handball, hardball, headstall, heelball, highball, holdall, house call, icefall, infall, install, John Paul, jump ball, keelhaul, know-all, landfall, Landsmål, line-haul, line squall, lowball, Maillol, meatball, menthol, mess hall, miscall, mothball, Naipaul, naphthol, Nepal, nightfall, nutgall, oddball, outfall, outhaul, paintball, pinball, pitfall, plimsoll, pratfall, prayer shawl, pub crawl, puffball, punchball, pushball, rainfall, rainsquall, recall, rial, Riksmål, rockfall, roll call, rorqual, Saint Paul, save-all, screwball, seawall, short-haul, shortfall, sick call, sidewall, sleazeball, slimeball, snowball, snowfall, softball, sour ball, speedball, spitball, stickball, stonewall, stone wall, stoopball, strip mall, T-ball, tea ball, tell-all, three-ball, toll call, town hall, trackball, Tyrol, Udall, Walsall, what all, whip stall, Whitehall, whitewall, windfall, windgall, withal, you-all
FORESTALLER Defined for Kids

forestall

verb fore·stall \fr-ˈstl\
fore·stalledfore·stall·ing

Definition of FORESTALL for Kids

:  to keep out, interfere with, or prevent by steps taken in advance <forestalling problems>

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