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preventverb [T]

us   /prɪˈvent/
to stop something from happening or someone from doing something: The police tried to prevent him from leaving. Can this type of accident be prevented?
preventable
adjective us   /prɪˈven·tə·bəl/
Fortunately, the suffering caused by ulcers is entirely preventable.
prevention
noun [U] us   /prɪˈven·ʃən/
crime prevention
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preventverb [T]

uk   /prɪˈvent/ us   /prɪˈvent/
B1 to stop something from happening or someone from doing something: Label your suitcases to prevent confusion. [+ -ing verb] His disability prevents him (from) driving.

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