- to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding: The large dog deterred trespassers.
- to prevent; check; arrest: timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
Origin of deter
Related Words for deterhinder, prevent, discourage, avert, prohibit, intimidate, frighten, preclude, stop, daunt, impede, forestall, dissuade, restrain, obstruct, scare, block, dampen, debar, cool
Examples from the Web for deter
Contemporary Examples of deter
Security guards have also been posted to add some muscle (but this has done little to deter vandals in past years).Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
They knew they might see things that will disturb them, but could not deter them from their duty.Any Outrage Out There for Ramos and Liu, Protesters?
December 22, 2014
This loan has done nothing to deter the hardliners: just ask the current occupants of Evin prison.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
The program, Satellite Sentinel Project, is designed to document and deter atrocities against civilians.Meet Amal Alamuddin, George Clooney’s Wife
Lizzie Crocker, Chris Allbritton
September 28, 2014
Assassinations of community leaders both weaken local coordination against ISIS and deter potential informants.Who the U.S. Should Really Hit in ISIS
Daniel Trombly, Yasir Abbas
September 23, 2014
Historical Examples of deter
I do not imagine that the following legend will deter you from your search.English Villages
P. H. Ditchfield
At the first sign of it he was admonished with a vigor to deter his comrades.
That will not deter me, for the less material I become the better it will be.The Burning Spear
"I see nothing to deter one from the project," said Dunn, slowly.Davenport Dunn, Volume 1 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
"I will do my best with it," said I, determined he should not deter me by mere words.That Boy Of Norcott's
Charles James Lever
- (tr) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety