Definition of prevent
- steps to prevent war
Seatbelts in cars often prevent serious injuries.
Can exercise and a healthy diet prevent heart disease?
The accident could have been prevented.
He grabbed my arm to prevent me from falling.
Bad weather prevented us from leaving.
How are you going to prevent him from finding out about the party?
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: to stop (something) from happening or existing
: to make (someone or something) not do something : to stop (someone or something) from doing something
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to grant as a privilege or special favor
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