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English definition of “deter”

deter

verb [T]
 
 
/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. [+ from + doing sth] Higher fuel costs could deter people from driving their cars.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restrictingDiscouraging and putting off
(Definition of deter from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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