verb (used with object)
- forest reserve,
- forest service,
- forest tent caterpillar,
Origin of forestall
Examples from the Web for forestall
The invasion of Crimea, however, shows that the Putin has chosen to forestall change with the help of foreign aggression.
The way to beat them is not to forestall or worry about who scored points today.
Chavez could be declared "temporarily absent," a narrowly legal if baldly political maneuver to forestall succession.If Hugo Chavez Succumbs, a Dangerous Limbo for Venezuela|Mac Margolis|January 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The problem is that in an effort to forestall an Israeli strike, Obama is making war pledges now.Obama Needs U.S. Debate Before Making Pledges to Israel About Attacking Iran|Peter Beinart|August 20, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The global community came together to forestall the worst of the 2008–09 crisis, and "kumbaya" moments came fast and furious.
To protect his own interests Prescott decided to make an abridgment of his own, and thus to forestall the pirate.William Hickling Prescott|Harry Thurston Peck
Then it occurred to her to forestall this contingency by bringing him the decanter and a glass.Flappers and Philosophers|F. Scott Fitzgerald
She hoped to forestall the deputy sheriff and his posse, following the circuitous mountain road.The Phantoms Of The Foot-Bridge|Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
The object of my first visit a little while ago was to forestall your turning the diagram over to the Weasel.The Adventures of Jimmie Dale|Frank L. Packard
Jameson was to have gone to the assistance of the Uitlanders; not to forestall the insurrection, which was fixed for January 4th.Boer Politics|Yves Guyot
- to prevent or hinder sales at (a market, etc) by buying up merchandise in advance, etc
- to buy up (merchandise) for profitable resaleCompare corner (def. 21)
Word Origin for forestall
late 14c. (implied in forestalling), "to lie in wait for;" also "to intercept goods before they reach public markets and buy them privately" (formerly a crime; mid-14c. in this sense in Anglo-French), from Old English noun foresteall "intervention, hindrance (of justice); an ambush, a waylaying," literally "a standing before (someone)," from fore- "before" + steall "standing position" (see stall (n.1)). Modern sense of "to anticipate and delay" is from 1580s. Related: Forestalled; forestalling.