Definition of forestall
1 : to prevent the normal trading in by buying or diverting goods or by persuading persons to raise prices forestalling the wheat harvest and selling it at three times its cost — G. B. Shaw
2 archaic : intercept
4 : to exclude, hinder, or prevent by prior occupation or measures Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.
5 : to get ahead of : anticipate detailed explanations intended to forestall questions
forestallmentplay \fȯr-ˈstȯl-mənt\ noun
Examples of forestall in a sentence
Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.
His comments were meant to forestall criticism of his proposal.
He forestalled critics by offering a defense of the project.
Origin and Etymology 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
FORESTALL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of forestall for English Language Learners
: 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
FORESTALL Defined for Kids
Definition of forestall for Students
: to keep out, interfere with, or prevent by steps taken in advance forestalling problems
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