US: /pɹiˈvɛnt/, /pɹɪˈvɛnt/
UK: /pɹɪvˈɛnt/

English Vietnamese dictionary

prevent /pri'vent/
  • ngoại động từ
    • ngăn ngừa; ngăn trở, ngăn ngừa
      • to prevent an accident: ngăn ngừa một tai nạn
      • to prevent somebody from doing something: ngăn cản ai làm điều gì
    • (từ cổ,nghĩa cổ) đón trước, làm trước, giải quyết trước, chặn trước, đối phó trước
      • to prevent someone's wishes: đón trước ý muốn của ai
    • (tôn giáo) dẫn đường đi trước

Advanced English dictionary

+ verb
~ sb/sth (from doing sth) to stop sb from doing sth; to stop sth from happening: [VN] The accident could have been prevented. + He is prevented by law from holding a licence. + Nothing would prevent him from speaking out against injustice. + The government took steps to prevent a scandal. + [VN -ing] (BrE) Nothing would prevent him / his speaking out against further injustices. [also V -ing]
preventable adjective: preventable diseases / accidents

Thesaurus dictionary

anticipate, preclude, obviate, forestall, avert, avoid, prohibit, ban, bar, forbid, interdict, taboo, enjoin, proscribe, foil, frustrate, obstruct, debar, intercept, nip in the bud, abort, thwart, check, block, ward or fend or stave off, baffle, balk or baulk, (put a) stop (to), arrest, (bring to a) halt, hinder, impede, curb, restrain, hamper, inhibit, delay, retard, slow, mitigate, control:
Some diseases can be prevented by inoculation or vaccination. There is nothing to prevent us from leaving. The barrier was built to prevent flooding.

Collocation dictionary


effectively, successfully
This new legislation effectively prevents us from trading.
| forcibly, physically


be able/unable to, can/could
No one can prevent you from attending this meeting.
| attempt to, seek to, take action/steps to, try to | help (to)
A good sun cream will help prevent sunburn.
| be designed to | be/do nothing to
There was nothing to prevent him setting up in business on the premises. The whole affair is an outrage and the authorities have done nothing to prevent it.


They took action to prevent the disease from spreading.


aimed at preventing sth
new measures aimed at preventing accidents
| action/measures to prevent sth, an attempt to prevent sth, in order to prevent sth
Action must be swift in order to prevent further damage.

Concise English dictionary

+keep from happening or arising; make impossible
+prevent from doing something or being in a certain state