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Definition of preclude verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

preclude

 verb
verb
NAmE//prɪˈklud//
 
(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they preclude
 
he / she / it precludes
 
past simple precluded
 
-ing form precluding
 
 
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to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something; to make something impossible preclude something Lack of time precludes any further discussion. Your failure to become a member this year does not preclude the possibility of your applying next year. preclude somebody from doing something My lack of interest in the subject precluded me from gaining much enjoyment out of it.
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