Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
venireto come. See
To go before; to precede; hence, to go before as a guide; to direct.
We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not
preventthem which are asleep.
1 Thess. iv. 15.
We pray thee that thy grace may always
preventand follow us.
Bk. of Common Prayer.
Then had I come,
To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
Their ready guilt
To intercept; to hinder; to frustrate; to stop; to thwart.“This vile purpose to prevent.”
Perhaps forestalling night
To come before the usual time.
Strawberries . . . will
preventand come early.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.To go before; to precede.
I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried. Ps.119.
2.To precede, as something unexpected or unsought.
The days of my affliction prevented me. Job.30.
3.To go before; to precede; to favor by anticipation or by hindering distress or evil.
The God of my mercy shall prevent me. Ps.59.
Prevent us, O Lord, in all our doings, with thy most gracious favor.
Their ready guilt preventing thy commands.
5.To preoccupy; to pre-engage; to attempt first.
Thou hast prevented us with overtures of love.
[In all the preceding senses, the word is obsolete.]
6.To hinder; to obstruct; to intercept the approach or access of. This is now the only sense. No foresight or care will prevent every misfortune. Religion supplies consolation under afflictions which cannot be prevented. It is easier to prevent an evil than to remedy it.
Too great confidence in success, is the likeliest to prevent it.