prevent meaning

EN[pɹɪˈvɛnt] [-ɛnt]

    Definition of prevent in English Dictionary

  • VerbSGpreventsPRpreventingPT, PPpreventedPREpré-SUF-ent
    1. VT To stop; to keep (from happening).
      1. I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.
    2. VI (now rare) To take preventative measures.
      1. OBS VT To come before; to precede.
        1. OBS VT To outdo, surpass.
          1. OBS VT To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
          2. More Examples
            1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
              • The Allies conquered Germany's overseas dependencies, and thereby helped to prevent the emergence of a Germanophone Africa, tied by language, commerce and administrative tradition to Central Europe.
              • All these evidences suggest that PPAR γ ligands may exert a direct antifibrosis effect to prevent the corneal scar formation.
              • A craniotomy with cranialization of the mastoid sinus and thorough sealing of the defect in the mastoid bone was performed to prevent air from escaping through the sinus into the epidural space.
          • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
            1. Verbs
              • Intransitive verbs
                • Transitive verbs
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              Source: Wiktionary

              Meaning of prevent for the defined word.

              Grammatically, this word "prevent" is a verb, more specifically, an intransitive verb and a transitive verb.
              Difficultness: Level 1
              Easy     ➨     Difficult
              Definiteness: Level 7
              Definite    ➨     Versatile