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Definition of deter verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[transitive, intransitive] deter (somebody) (from something/from doing something)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deter
he / she / it deters
past simple deterred
-ing form deterring
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to make someone decide not to do something or continue doing something, especially by making them understand the difficulties and unpleasant results of their actions I told him I wasn't interested, but he wasn't deterred. The high price of the service could deter people from seeking advice. see also deterrent
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