prevent-v; 1 Senses

Sense Number 1: not allow to happen, keep from doing (something)

Only you can prevent forest fires.
We must prevent the cancer from spreading.
There are specific steps you can take to prevent academic dishonesty.
Here are seven antidotes to prevent highway robbery in an electronic age.

VerbNet: forbid-67-1
FrameNet: Preventing,Thwarting
PropBank: prevent.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2