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American English: /prəˈvɛnt/
British English: /prɪˈvɛnt/

Translation of prevent in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 (hinder)
    to prevent somebody/something (from) -ing, to prevent somebody's/something's -ing
    impedir que alguien/algo + subjunctive
    they tried to prevent her (from) leaving
    intentaron impedir que se fuera
    in order to prevent that (from) happening
    para impedir que eso suceda ( or sucediera)
    she was prevented from attending the conference by a sudden illness
    una repentina enfermedad impidió que asistiera or le impidió asistir al congreso
    I've made up my mind to go, so don't try to prevent me
    he decidido ir, así que no trates de impedírmelo
    Example sentences
    • When it did eventually get underway there were several red flag incidents, stopping the session and preventing anyone really getting into their rhythm.
    • It prevents people from stopping and loitering there for all hours of the night and deciding what mischief they're going to get up to.
    • As if on cue, a tire started going flat Saturday, but a timely pit stop prevented him from losing much position.
  • 2 (forestall)
    Example sentences
    • Too often one finds that two or three players make the same runs into space when a little bit of thought would have prevented it happening.
    • Anything that can prevent a tragedy from happening should be carefully adhered to.
    • The prime focus for us is to prevent them happening in the first place.

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