[ dih-tur ]
/ dɪˈtɜr /
verb (used with object), de·terred, de·ter·ring.
to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding: The large dog deterred trespassers.
to prevent; check; arrest: timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
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Origin of deter
1570–80; < Latin dēterrēre to prevent, hinder, equivalent to dē- de- + terrēre to frighten
de·ter·ment, nounde·ter·ra·ble, adjectivede·ter·ra·bil·i·ty, nounde·ter·rer, noun
un·de·ter·ra·bil·i·ty, nounun·de·ter·ra·ble, adjectiveun·de·ter·ra·bly, adverbun·de·terred, adjectiveun·de·ter·ring, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for determents
/ (dɪˈtɜː) /
verb -ters, -terring or -terred
(tr) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
Derived Formsdeterment, noun
Word Origin for deter
C16: from Latin dēterrēre, from de- + terrēre to frighten
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