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English definition of “deter”

deter

verb [T] uk   /dɪˈtɜːr/ us    /-ˈtɝː/ (-rr-)
to prevent someone from doing something or to make someone less enthusiastic about doing something by making it difficult for that person to do it or by threatening bad results if they do it: These measures are designed to deter an enemy attack. High prices are deterring many young people from buying houses.
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