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English definition of “deter”

deter

verb [T]    /dɪˈtɜr/ (-rr-)
to prevent or discourage someone from doing something: High prices are deterring a lot of young couples from buying houses . deterrent    /dɪˈtɜr·ənt, -ˈter-/ noun [C] The company says this alarm is an effective deterrent against theft .
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