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Examples of deter in a Sentence
Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors, the automaker in most imminent danger of failure, gave lawmakers three reasons Chapter 11 isn't an option. First, the special financing that usually tides companies over through reorganization is so scarce right now that GM might not be able to get enough to keep functioning. Second, the stigma of bankruptcy would deter consumers from buying GM cars. Third, GM is already in the midst of a dramatic reorganization that will pave the way to a profitable future. —Justin Fox, Time, 1 Dec. 2008
For some species that deter attack by being poisonous, the goal of their physical appearance is not to hide or confuse other forest creatures, but to be noticed. —Candice Millard, The River of Doubt, 2005
Originally developed to monitor and track cattle, radio frequency identification (RFID) is now the cutting edge in merchandise, parcel, and baggage tracking. It's debuting in stores and libraries across the country as the most effective way to track inventory and deter theft without making consumers feel like they're in a war zone. —Athan Bezaaitis, PC Magazine, January 2000
None of these tribulations deterred spectators in the least. The ancient Olympics remained immensely popular, the greatest recurring event in antiquity, from 776 B.C. (when Hercules himself was said to have founded them) until a ban on pagan festivals by Christian emperor Theodosius I in the fourth century A.D. ensured their demise—a spectacular thousand-year run. —Leigh Steinberg, Civilization, June/July 2000
Some potential buyers will be deterred by the price.
Painting the metal will deter rust.
Recent Examples of deter from the Web
After the jury deadlocked in November in Tensing’s first trial, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters asked that a second trial be moved away from the intense local attention.
The Department of Transportation put up new concrete barriers and bolted them to the concrete in hopes of deterring the riders.
As Ruth Graham reports for Slate, library fines can deter the people who need books most from checking them out—and removing fines can increase circulation.
Art events ▪ KC’s summer nights can be brutally hot, but the temps don’t deter the crowds strolling around the Crossroads for First Fridays.
Fresh records haven’t deterred investors from betting against U.S. equities, however — short interest as a share of float has surprisingly climbed since the start of the year.
But none of that — nor the threat of a special session — is so far deterring the San Antonio Republican from considering another term as the head of the lower chamber.
Chelsea fan Steve Barrass, who lives in Manchester, said the attack wasn’t going to deter him from traveling down to the capital to watch the game with his son.
Dorner suggested that cameras could help deter incidents while also helping to solve crimes.
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Did You Know?
The word deter is rooted in fear. It was borrowed into English around the mid-16th century from the Latin verb deterrēre, which in turn was formed by combining de-, meaning "from" or "away," with terrēre, meaning "to frighten." Terrēre is also the source of terror, terrible, and even terrific, which originally meant "very bad" or "frightful." These days, you may be deterred by something that frightens you or by something that simply causes you to think about the difficult or unpleasant consequences of continuing. The word can also mean "to inhibit," as in "painting to deter rust."
Origin and Etymology of deter
Latin deterrēre, from de- + terrēre to frighten — more at terror
First Known Use: circa 1547
DETER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of deter for English Language Learners
: to cause (someone) to decide not to do something
: to prevent (something) from happening
DETER Defined for Kids
Definition of deter for Students
1 : to cause (someone) not to do something Nothing deters a good man from doing what is honorable. — Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time
2 : to prevent (something) from happening Painting the metal will deter rust.
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