Forestall - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |fɔːrˈstɔːl|  American pronunciation of the word forestall
Brit.  |fɔːˈstɔːl|  British pronunciation of the word forestall


- keep from happening or arising; make impossible (syn: forbid, foreclose, preclude, prevent)
- act in advance of; deal with ahead of time (syn: anticipate, counter, foresee)


Negotiations failed to forestall the conflict.

His comments were meant to forestall criticism of his proposal.

He forestalled critics by offering a defense of the project.

a measure intended to forestall further attacks

Word forms

I/you/we/they: forestall
he/she/it: forestalls
present participle: forestalling
past tense: forestalled
past participle: forestalled
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