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

  Forestall \Fore*stall"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Forestalled; p.
     pr. & vb. n. Forestalling.] [OE. forstallen to stop, to
     obstruct; to stop (goods) on the way to the market by buying
     them beforehand, from forstal obstruction, AS. forsteal,
     foresteall, prop., a placing one's self before another. See
     Fore, and Stall.]
     1. To take beforehand, or in advance; to anticipate.
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              What need a man forestall his date of grief,
              And run to meet what he would most avoid? --Milton.
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     2. To take possession of, in advance of some one or something
        else, to the exclusion or detriment of the latter; to get
        ahead of; to preoccupy; also, to exclude, hinder, or
        prevent, by prior occupation, or by measures taken in
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              An ugly serpent which forestalled their way.
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              But evermore those damsels did forestall
              Their furious encounter.              --Spenser.
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              To be forestalled ere we come to fall. --Shak.
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              Habit is a forestalled and obstinate judge. --Rush.
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     3. To deprive; -- with of. [R.]
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              All the better; may
              This night forestall him of the coming day! --Shak.
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     4. (Eng. Law) To obstruct or stop up, as a way; to stop the
        passage of on highway; to intercept on the road, as goods
        on the way to market.
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     To forestall the market, to buy or contract for merchandise
        or provision on its way to market, with the intention of
        selling it again at a higher price; to dissuade persons
        from bringing their goods or provisions there; or to
        persuade them to enhance the price when there. This was an
        offense at law in England until 1844. --Burrill.
     Syn: To anticipate; monopolize; engross.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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: act in advance of; deal with ahead of time [syn:
         anticipate, foresee, forestall, counter]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  95 Moby Thesaurus words for "forestall":
     anticipate, avert, bamboozle, bar, beguile, betray, bluff, cajole,
     calculate on, cheat on, circumvent, conjure, corner, count on,
     debar, deceive, deflect, delay, delude, deter, diddle, discourage,
     dishearten, double-cross, dupe, engross, estop, exclude, fend,
     fend off, forbid, foreclose, foreglimpse, forerun, foresee,
     foretaste, frustrate, gammon, get ahead of, get around, go before,
     go off half-cocked, gull, help, hinder, hoax, hocus-pocus, hog,
     hornswaggle, humbug, intercept, juggle, jump the gun, keep from,
     keep off, let down, look for, look forward to, look out for,
     look to, mock, monopolize, obstruct, obviate, outmaneuver,
     outreach, outsmart, outwit, overreach, parry, pigeon,
     play one false, preclude, prevent, prohibit, put something over,
     reckon on, repel, rule out, save, snow, stave off, stop,
     string along, take in, take it all, thwart, tie up, trick,
     turn aside, two-time, ward, ward off, watch out for,
     win the start

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