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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 This new evidence obviates the need for any further enquiries. Disaster was obviated by the opening of the reserve parachute. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from late Latin obviat- ‘prevented’, from the verb obviare, based on Latin via ‘way’.
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