- 1to remove a problem or the need for something synonym preclude
- 2 This new evidence obviates the need for any further enquiries. Disaster was obviated by the opening of the reserve parachute.
NAmE//ˈɑbviˌeɪt//obviate something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they obviate
he / she / it obviates
past simple obviated
-ing form obviating