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prevent

verb [T]    /prɪˈvent/
to stop something from happening or someone from doing something: The police tried to prevent him from leaving. Can this type of accident be prevented? preventable    /prɪˈven·tə·bəl/ adjective Fortunately, the suffering caused by ulcers is entirely preventable. prevention    /prɪˈven·ʃən/ noun [U] crime prevention
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