prevent (someone or something) from (doing something)

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prevent (someone or something) from (doing something)

To stop a person or thing from being able to do something. Something is preventing the machine from turning off, so the motor is getting overheated. The government is trying to prevent us from exercising our right to free speech.
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If we can more effectively identify those at risk, it will allow us to create better measures to protect our schools and places of work, help those suffering with mental illness and ensure law enforcement is better equipped to prevent something from happening in the future.
If not, you could prevent something from happening.''
He said Knee Defenders were created to "prevent something from moving and hitting you."
"I think he's trying to prevent something from happening too quickly to have the relationship severed.
Documenting the value of efforts that prevent something from happening is a mathematical challenge, to say the least.
Because the goal is to prevent something from happening, provable success is proof of a negative -- not possible.
The first step is, can you help me put in place procedures that prevent something from happening, and even if it does happen, can contain it."
Pulling is always symbolic of control, the resident's attempt to prevent something from happening.