verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of prevent
Examples from the Web for prevent
Prevent disordered eating, then, and you can prevent eating disorders.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
If we want to prevent others from your fate, we need to stop being so passive on these issues.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In 1956, Balenciaga and Givenchy banned the press from viewing their collections for a month to prevent counterfeiting.
We reserve the right to any legal action to prevent new pranks of the kind.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This material has been reviewed by the CIA to prevent the disclosure of classified information.
He thought that no objection had been offered of any force to prevent the commitment of the memorial.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. I (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Now you will no longer dare to prevent me from claiming my rights or dispute my legal title.The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume II (of 2)|Alexandre Dumas pre
Burial became too gigantic a labor, and John and Simon ordered the bodies thrown over the walls to prevent pestilence.The City of Delight|Elizabeth Miller
If sufficient care be taken to prevent their entrance, the contraction of the disease can be absolutely prevented.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)|Grant Hague
And Robineau heaved a sigh—which did not prevent his finishing his ice.The White House (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XII)|Charles Paul de Kock
British Dictionary definitions for prevent
Word Origin for prevent
Word Origin and History for prevent
early 15c., "act in anticipation of," from Latin praeventus, past participle of praevenire "come before, anticipate, hinder," in Late Latin also "to prevent," from prae "before" (see pre-) + venire "to come" (see venue). Originally literal; sense of "anticipate to hinder" was in Latin, but not recorded in English until 1540s.