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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 verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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