Pronunciation: (di-tûr'), Strict Standards: Non-static method FenSites::linkTo() should not be called statically in /site/html/dictionary/deter.html on line 79 [key]
—v.t., -terred, -ter•ring.
1. to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding: The large dog deterred trespassers.
2. to prevent; check; arrest: timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
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