Prevent Pre*vent", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prevented}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Preventing}.] [L. praevenire, praeventum; prae before + venire to come. See {Come}.] 1. To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. --1 Thess. iv. 15. [1913 Webster]

We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us. --Bk. of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. To be beforehand with; to anticipate. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Their ready guilt preventing thy commands. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

3. To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart. ``This vile purpose to prevent.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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