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forestall

  
  ( forestalls    3rd person present)   ( forestalling    present participle)   ( forestalled    past tense & past participle  ) If you forestall someone, you realize what they are likely to do and prevent them from doing it.      verb   (=stop)  
Large numbers of police were in the square to forestall any demonstrations.      V n  
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forestall

  
  
anticipate, balk, circumvent, frustrate, head off, hinder, intercept, nip in the bud, obviate, parry, preclude, prevent, provide against, thwart  

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