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

 

thwart

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//θwɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θwɔːrt//
 
[often passive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they thwart
BrE BrE//θwɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θwɔːrt//
 
he / she / it thwarts
BrE BrE//θwɔːts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θwɔːrts//
 
past simple thwarted
BrE BrE//ˈθwɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθwɔːrtɪd//
 
past participle thwarted
BrE BrE//ˈθwɔːtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθwɔːrtɪd//
 
-ing form thwarting
BrE BrE//ˈθwɔːtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈθwɔːrtɪŋ//
 
 
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to prevent somebody from doing what they want to do synonym frustrate thwart something to thwart somebody’s plans thwart somebody (in something) She was thwarted in her attempt to take control of the party. Word Origin Middle English thwerte, from the adjective thwert ‘perverse, obstinate, adverse’, from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr ‘transverse’, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin torquere ‘to twist’.Extra examples They were thwarted in their attempt to gain overall control of the company. His ambition to be a painter was thwarted by poor eyesight. It is claimed that the authorities had thwarted the plans at the last minute.
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