deter
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /dɪˈtɜː(ɹ)/
Verb

deter (deters, present participle deterring; past and past participle deterred)

  1. (transitive) To prevent something from happening.
  2. (transitive) To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.
  3. (transitive) To distract someone from something.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 10.
      we have in following enquiry, attempted to throw some light upon subjects, from which uncertainty has hitherto deterred the wise
Synonyms
  • (To persuade someone to not do something) dissuade
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