Pre·vent v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prevented; p. pr. & vb. n. Preventing.]
1. To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct. [Obs.]
We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. --1 Thess. iv. 15.
We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us. --Bk. of Common Prayer.
Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen. --Prior.
2. To be beforehand with; to anticipate. [Obs.]
Their ready guilt preventing thy commands. --Pope.
3. To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart. “This vile purpose to prevent.”
Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. --Milton.
Pre·vent, v. i. To come before the usual time. [Obs.]
Strawberries . . . will prevent and come early. --Bacon.
v 1: keep from happening or arising; have the effect of
preventing; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"
[syn: forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbid]
2: prevent from doing something or being in a certain state;
"We must prevent the cancer from spreading"; "His snoring
kept me from falling asleep"; "Keep the child from eating
the marbles" [syn: keep] [ant: let]