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English definition of “forestall”


verb [T] uk   /fɔːˈstɔːl/ us    /fɔːrˈstɑːl/
to prevent something from happening by acting first: The government forestalled criticism by holding a public enquiry into the matter.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of forestall from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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