Meaning of “deter” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] uk us /dɪˈtɜːr/ (present participle deterring, past tense and past participle deterred)

to make someone less likely to do something, or to make something less likely to happen:

We have introduced new security measures to deter shoplifters.

(Definition of “deter” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)