to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding: The large dog deterred trespassers.
to prevent; check; arrest: timber treated with creosote to deter rot.
to repel: Strongly scented marigolds planted among the melons are supposed to deter beetles.
- de·ter·ment, noun
- de·ter·ra·ble, adjective
- de·ter·ra·bil·i·ty [dih-tur-uh-bil-i-tee], /dɪˌtɜr əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, noun
- de·ter·rer, noun
- un·de·ter·ra·bil·i·ty, noun
- un·de·ter·ra·ble, adjective
- un·de·ter·ra·bly, adverb
- un·de·ter·ring, adjective
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How to use deter in a sentence
In order to deter crowds, its annual Thanksgiving Day parade won’t go through its usual route through Manhattan.
Advocates have said that the rule is deterring many immigrants and their family members from using any government-funded health care or nutritional benefits.Barrett confirmation hearing day three: Barrett declines to say whether it’s wrong to separate migrant children from parents | Derek Hawkins, Seung Min Kim, Ann Marimow, Karoun Demirjian | October 14, 2020 | Washington Post
Back in August, city of Chicago officials knew that piercing gusts of wind and sub-zero temperatures were only a few months away from deterring residents from eating outside and, in turn, devastating many of the city’s restaurants and bars.What might COVID winter dining look like? IDEO and Chicago have some out-there ideas | Brett Haensel | October 9, 2020 | Fortune
Then we need enforcement, because I think that the way you deter police from crossing the line is the way you deter citizens from crossing the line.How James Brown Became a Father Figure to Al Sharpton | Joshua Eferighe | October 8, 2020 | Ozy
This is because fines have not been successful in the past in Europe to deter perceived anticompetitive behavior.Congressional report blasts Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook as monopolistic ‘gatekeepers’ of the digital economy | Greg Sterling | October 7, 2020 | Search Engine Land
Your effect in deterring others to travel without proper consideration would be hugely significant.An Ex-Radical's Open Letter to ISIS Fighters: Quit Now While You Can! | Maajid Nawaz | September 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
This can be a helpful guide to other nations in deterring ISIS from recruiting.
Political drift is deterring foreign investors and frightening off overseas business.
He said deterring Hamas anew would require “massive air strikes for some days.”
Deterring Hamas anew would require “massive air strikes for some days.”
Hence that wholesome fear of God so operative in deterring evil and stimulating good is removed.The Other Side of Evolution | Alexander Patterson
The process of driving out, and also of deterring, has failed.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20) | Charles Sumner
It was preposterous to claim for such a scene as this that it conveyed any great moral lesson, or had any deterring influence.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2 | Arthur Griffiths
So the fight went on, the mist hiding the Germans at longer range and their torpedo attacks deterring us from a closer encounter.A Short History of the Great War | A. F. Pollard
His first losses, instead of deterring him from further speculation, led him on to rasher ventures.The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus | Horatio Alger Jr.
British Dictionary definitions for deter
(tr) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
- determent, noun
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