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  1. prevent

    • IPA[prɪˈvɛnt]


    • v.
      keep (something) from happening;stop (someone) from doing something
    • verb: prevent, 3rd person present: prevents, gerund or present participle: preventing, past tense: prevented, past participle: prevented

    • 釋義


    • 1. keep (something) from happening action must be taken to prevent further accidents
    • stop (someone) from doing something locks won't prevent a determined burglar from getting in the guards threatened to bar the gates to prevent him leaving
    • 2. archaic (of God) go before (someone) with spiritual guidance and help.