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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," which formerly was a crime (mid-14c. in this sense in Anglo-French), from Old English noun foresteall "intervention, hindrance (of justice); an ambush, a waylaying," literally "a standing before (someone)," from fore- "before" + steall "standing position" (see stall (n.1)). Modern sense of "to anticipate and delay" is from 1580s. Related: Forestalled; forestalling.

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Definitions of forestall

forestall (v.)
keep from happening or arising; make impossible;
Synonyms: prevent / foreclose / preclude / forbid
forestall (v.)
act in advance of; deal with ahead of time;
Synonyms: anticipate / foresee / counter
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