forestall

  • 1 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.,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 forestall — I verb act in advance, antevertere, anticipate, arrest, avert, avoid, await, be armed, be forewarned, bring to a standstill, cancel, censor, check, counteract, deter, disallow, enjoin, estop, filibuster, forbid, forfend, frustrate, halt, hinder,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 forestall — (v.) late 14c. (implied in forestalling), to lie in wait for; also to intercept goods before they reach public markets and buy them privately (formerly a crime; mid 14c. in this sense in Anglo French), from O.E. noun foresteall intervention,… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 forestall — *prevent, anticipate Analogous words: ward, avert, *prevent, preclude, obviate: *frustrate, thwart, foil, circumvent Contrasted words: court, woo, *invite: further, forward, *advance, promote …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 forestall — ► VERB 1) prevent or obstruct (something anticipated) by taking advance action. 2) anticipate and prevent the action of. DERIVATIVES forestaller noun forestalment noun. ORIGIN from Old English, «an ambush» …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 forestall — [fôr stôl′] vt. [ME forestallen < forestal, ambush < OE foresteall: see FORE & STALL2] 1. to prevent or hinder by doing something ahead of time 2. to act in advance of; get ahead of; anticipate 3. to interfere with the trading in (a market) …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 forestall — UK [fɔː(r)ˈstɔːl] / US [fɔrˈstɔl] verb [transitive] Word forms forestall : present tense I/you/we/they forestall he/she/it forestalls present participle forestalling past tense forestalled past participle forestalled to prevent something from… …

    English dictionary

  • 8 forestall — [[t]fɔː(r)stɔ͟ːl[/t]] forestalls, forestalling, forestalled VERB If you forestall someone, you realize what they are likely to do and prevent them from doing it. [V n] O Leary made to open the door, but Bunbury forestalled him by laying a hand on …

    English dictionary

  • 9 forestall — forestaller, n. forestallment, forestalment, n. /fohr stawl , fawr /, v.t. 1. to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance: to forestall a riot by deploying police. 2. to act beforehand with or get ahead of; anticipate. 3. to buy up (goods) …

    Universalium

  • 10 forestall — verb Forestall is used with these nouns as the object: ↑criticism …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 forestall — fore|stall [fo:ˈsto:l US fo:rˈsto:l] v [T] formal [: Old English; Origin: foresteallan to put in front, ambush ] to prevent something from happening or prevent someone from doing something by doing something first ▪ a measure intended to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 forestall — fore|stall [ fɔr stɔl ] verb transitive to prevent something from happening by saying or doing something before it can happen: It s hoped that the bank s measure will forestall a return to high inflation …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 forestall — verb (T) to prevent something from happening or prevent someone from doing something by doing something first: Gero urged reforms in order to forestall trouble …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 forestall — verb they were unable to forestall Roosevelt s reelection Syn: preempt, get in before; anticipate, second guess; nip in the bud, thwart, frustrate, foil, stave off, ward off, fend off, avert, preclude, obviate, prevent; informal beat someone to… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 forestall — /fɔˈstɔl / (say faw stawl) verb (t) 1. to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance; take measures concerning or deal with (a thing) in advance: *He made Hamilton take two tablets to forestall the pain he assured him was imminent –c.j. koch …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 forestall — To prevent something by anticipating it and taking obstructive tactics against it. To forestall the market. See forestalling the market …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 17 forestall — transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from forstall act of waylaying, from Old English foresteall, from fore + steall position, stall Date: before 12th century 1. to prevent the normal trading in by buying or diverting goods or by persuading …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 forestall — verb /fɔɹˈstɔl/ a) To prevent, delay or hinder something by taking precautionary or anticipatory measures; to avert. Fred forestalled disaster by his prompt action. b) To …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 Forestall — Recorded in the apparent spellings of Forstall, Forestal, Forrestal, and Forestel, this rare surname is probably of pre 10th century French origins, but may be a combination of French and English. As Forestel it is recorded in Riestapt s heraldic …

    Surnames reference

  • 20 forestall — Synonyms and related words: anticipate, avert, bamboozle, bar, beguile, betray, bluff, cajole, calculate on, cheat on, circumvent, conjure, corner, count on, debar, deceive, deflect, delay, delude, deter, diddle, discourage, dishearten, double… …

    Moby Thesaurus


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