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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 ob·vi·ate /ˈɑbviˌet/
 (vt.)除去,排除,迴避,預防,避免

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·vi·ate v. t. [imp. & p. p. Obviated p. pr. & vb. n. Obviating.]
 1. To meet in the way. [Obs.]
    Not to stir a step to obviate any of a different religion.   --Fuller.
 2. To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary; as, to obviate the necessity of going.
    To lay down everything in its full light, so as to obviate all exceptions.   --Woodward.
 

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

 obviate
      v 1: do away with [syn: rid of, eliminate] [ant: necessitate]
      2: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's
         avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert
         a strike" [syn: debar, deflect, avert, head off, stave
         off, fend off, avoid, ward off]