Prevent

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Definition

to prevent (somebody) from (doing something): to stop, to block (somebody) from (doing something)
verb
Note: This construction requires a verb in the ING form (when followed by a verb):

I'm trying to prevent him from resigning by offering a pay rise.
My research is on preventing cancer.

to prevent: to stop, to avoid, to block
verb
Pronunciation examples
UK: Eating fresh fruit is supposed to prevent cancer.
US: My wife prevented me from going to the strip club.

Examples

  • "Doctors believe that drinking red wine in moderation prevents cancer, heart disease and other ailments."
  • "The museum staff hopes to discourage criminals from attending the exhibit, and wishes to prevent them from even approaching the venue."
  • "The scarf would protect the birds by preventing them from breathing in infected air particles."
  • "I personally have numerous allergies which prevent me from smelling properly -"
  • "- Never deactivate the firewall we have installed for you, even if it prevents you from accessing certain websites (which are, as it happens, not appropriate for the workplace)."
  • "In order to prevent the transmission of diseases in the workplace, I have put in place a new initiative that will encourage people to wash their hands after using the bathroom. I am reluctant to reveal too much information regarding the protocol as it may compromise its effectiveness."
  • "It is guaranteed to prevent crime (as long as it's used in combination with several other methods, which I am also researching)."
  • "I would have replied earlier, however my accounting obligations prevented me from checking my e-mail until the early afternoon, and then an unfortunate incident occurred during my bathroom break, when my neck tie got caught in the zipper of my pants."

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