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Definition to stop (something from happening)
  • We can't prevent earthquakes, but we can prepare for them.
prevent = stop (something from happening)
  • Antibiotics will not prevent a cold.
  • prevent = stop (something from happening)
  • *p What cause can prevent the United States from having as numerous a population in time?
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • Assuredly, the sun of Italy is splendid, but, alas, azure in the sky does not prevent rags on man.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Mirrors, those revealers of the truth, are hated; that does not prevent them from being of use.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Perhaps not if one does nothing to prevent it," Ralph replied.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • — He began to think it was to be, and that he could not prevent it—a very promising step of the mind on its way to resignation.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • I have very often hoped and intended to come back, but have been prevented by many circumstances.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • You realize that this could have been prevented-
    Ted Dekker  --  Black: The Birth of Evil
  • 'For,' said he, 'it was no fault of yours, nor of his; it was a mistake impossible to be prevented.'
    Daniel Defoe  --  Moll Flanders
  • Once or twice he essayed to speak, but a rising in his throat prevented it.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • A human mind may be imposed on; nor is there any infallible method to prevent it.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • We can prevent the people fighting wars or staffing emergency rooms or policing the streets from making mistakes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "We may speak without fear," Arya announced after casting spells that would prevent anyone from eavesdropping on their conversation.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Brisingr
  • Policemen have thrown a cordon around the compound to prevent new arrivals from entering.
    Christina Garcia  --  Dreaming in Cuban
  • At any rate, I could prevent you wasting yourself and being a prey to other women—like—like Clara.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • You wish to prevent me having the money.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • In a lightning move so unexpected Cal couldn't prevent it, Lump sprang.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • But he could not prevent this zealous woman from exclaiming to the dying man before she disappeared: "Would you like a priest?"
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But there are a thousand protections to prevent all of this.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle

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