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pre•vent



Pronunciation: (pri-vent'), [key]
v.t.
1. to keep from occurring; avert; hinder: He intervened to prevent bloodshed.
2. to hinder or stop from doing something: There is nothing to prevent us from going.
3. Archaic.to act ahead of; forestall.
4. Archaic.to precede.
5. Archaic.to anticipate.

v.i.
to interpose a hindrance: He will come if nothing prevents.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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