Definition of obviate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

obviate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈɒbvieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbvieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they obviate
BrE BrE//ˈɒbvieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbvieɪt//
 
he / she / it obviates
BrE BrE//ˈɒbvieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbvieɪts//
 
past simple obviated
BrE BrE//ˈɒbvieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbvieɪtɪd//
 
past participle obviated
BrE BrE//ˈɒbvieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbvieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form obviating
BrE BrE//ˈɒbvieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɑːbvieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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obviate something (formal) to remove a problem or the need for something synonym preclude This new evidence obviates the need for any further enquiries. Disaster was obviated by the opening of the reserve parachute. Word Origin late 16th cent.: from late Latin obviat- ‘prevented’, from the verb obviare, based on Latin via ‘way’.
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