forestall

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verb fore·stall \fȯr-ˈstȯl\

Definition of forestall

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to prevent the normal trading in by buying or diverting goods or by persuading persons to raise prices

  3. 2 archaic :  intercept

  4. 3 obsolete :  obstruct, beset

  5. 4 :  to exclude, hinder, or prevent by prior occupation or measures

  6. 5 :  to get ahead of :  anticipate

forestaller

noun

forestallment

play \-ˈstȯl-mənt\ noun

Examples of forestall in a sentence

  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 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

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>.

FORESTALL Defined for English Language Learners

forestall

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verb fore·stall \fȯr-ˈstȯl\

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

forestall

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verb fore·stall \fȯr-ˈstȯl\

Definition of forestall for Students

forestalled

forestalling

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



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