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Definition of forestall verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



forestall something/somebodyVerb Forms present simple I / you / we / they forestall
he / she / it forestalls
past simple forestalled
-ing form forestalling
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to prevent something from happening or someone from doing something by doing something first Try to anticipate what your child will do and forestall problems. Any plans for a peaceful settlement were forestalled by the intervention of the army.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: forestall