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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.]
We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the
Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. --1
Thess. iv. 15.
We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and
follow us. --Bk. of
Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen. --Prior.
2. To be beforehand with; to anticipate. [Obs.]
Their ready guilt preventing thy commands. --Pope.
3. To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.
"This vile purpose to prevent." --Shak.
Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. --Milton.
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