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VERB (1)

1. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening;
- Example: "Let's avoid a confrontation"
- Example: "head off a confrontation"
- Example: "avert a strike"
[syn: debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Forefend \Fore*fend"\, v. t. [OE. forfenden; pref. for- + fenden to fend. See Fend, v. t.] To hinder; to fend off; to avert; to prevent the approach of; to forbid or prohibit. See Forfend. [1913 Webster] God forefend it should ever be recorded in our history. --Landor. [1913 Webster] It would be a far better work . . . to forefend the cruelty. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

forefend v 1: prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike" [syn: debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid, ward off]