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 for prevent
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prevent \Pre*vent"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prevented; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Preventing.] [L. praevenire, praeventum; prae before
     + venire to come. See Come.]
     1. To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide;
        to direct. [Obs.]
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              We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the
              Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. --1
                                                    Thess. iv. 15.
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              We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and
              follow us.                            --Bk. of
                                                    Common Prayer.
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              Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen. --Prior.
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     2. To be beforehand with; to anticipate. [Obs.]
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              Their ready guilt preventing thy commands. --Pope.
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     3. To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.
        "This vile purpose to prevent." --Shak.
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              Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. --Milton.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Prevent \Pre*vent"\, v. i.
     To come before the usual time. [Obs.]
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           Strawberries . . . will prevent and come early.
                                                    --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  prevent
      v 1: keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense
           of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the
           projects precludes your involvement in the competitive
           project" [syn: prevent, forestall, foreclose,
           preclude, forbid]
      2: stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in
         a certain state; "We must prevent the cancer from spreading";
         "His snoring kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child
         from eating the marbles" [syn: prevent, keep] [ant:
         allow, let, permit]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "prevent":
     abort, anticipate, arrest, avert, avoid, baffle, balk, ban, bar,
     block, check, control, curb, dam, debar, deflect, delay, deny,
     deter, disallow, discourage, dishearten, embargo, enjoin, estop,
     exclude, exclude from, fend, fend off, foil, forbid, foreclose,
     forestall, frustrate, hamper, help, hinder, impede, inhibit,
     intercept, interdict, interrupt, keep from, keep off, mitigate,
     obstruct, obviate, outlaw, preclude, prohibit, proscribe, refuse,
     reject, repel, repress, restrain, retard, rule out, save,
     say no to, shut out, slow, stave off, suppress, taboo, thwart,
     turn aside, ward, ward off
  
  

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