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prevent
used in The Importance of Being Earnest

3 uses
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Definition
to stop (something from happening)
  • The last time I delivered it was in the Cathedral, as a charity sermon on behalf of the Society for the Prevention of Discontent among the Upper Orders.
    Act 2 — Garden at the Manor House (28% in)
  • It gives one position, and prevents one from keeping it up.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (68% in)
  • But although she may prevent us from becoming man and wife, and I may marry some one else, and marry often, nothing that she can possibly do can alter my eternal devotion to you.
    Act 1 — Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street (93% in)

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