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forestall


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forestall  \Fore*stall"\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Forestalled};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Forestalling}.]  [OE.  forstallen  to  stop,  to 
  obstruct;  to  stop  (goods)  on  the  way  to  the  market  by  buying 
  them  beforehand,  from  forstal  obstruction,  AS  forsteal 
  foresteall,  prop.,  a  placing  one's  self  before  another.  See 
  {Fore},  and  {Stall}.] 
  1.  To  take  beforehand,  or  in  advance;  to  anticipate. 
 
  What  need  a  man  forestall  his  date  of  grief,  And  run 
  to  meet  what  he  would  most  avoid?  --Milton. 
 
  2.  To  take  possession  of  in  advance  of  some  one  or  something 
  else,  to  the  exclusion  or  detriment  of  the  latter;  to  get 
  ahead  of  to  preoccupy;  also  to  exclude,  hinder,  or 
  prevent,  by  prior  occupation,  or  by  measures  taken  in 
  advance. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forestall 
  v  1:  keep  from  happening  of  arising;  have  the  effect  of 
  preventing;  "My  sense  of  tact  forbids  an  honest  answer" 
  [syn:  {prevent},  {foreclose},  {preclude},  {forbid}] 
  2:  act  in  advance  of  deal  with  ahead  of  time  [syn:  {anticipate}, 
  {foresee},  {counter}] 




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