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Definition of prevent verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prevent
he / she / it prevents
past simple prevented
-ing form preventing
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 to stop someone from doing something; to stop something from happening prevent something/somebody The accident could have been prevented. The government took steps to prevent a scandal. prevent somebody/something from doing something He is prevented by law from holding a license. Nothing would prevent him from speaking out against injustice.
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adjective preventable diseases/accidents
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