Pre*vent" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prevented; p. pr. & vb. n. Preventing.] [L. praevenire, praeventum; prae before + venire to come. See Come.]


To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct.


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.


To be beforehand with; to anticipate.


Their ready guilt preventing thy commands. Pope.


To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.

"This vile purpose to prevent."


Perhaps forestalling night prevented them. Milton.


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Pre*vent", v. i.

To come before the usual time.


Strawberries . . . will prevent and come early. Bacon.


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