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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This most likely will prevent you from having a shot at the advancing runner.
It will prevent you from hindering your ability to move toward the ball.
What if you drive at 1:00 o'clock and your opponent brings his outside foot up to prevent you from driving him to his one-on-one shoulder [ILLUSTRATION FOR PHOTO 15 OMITTED]?
What if your opponent steps over your near leg to prevent you from getting out to the side so that you cannot drive at 1:00 o'clock [ILLUSTRATION FOR PHOTO 17 OMITTED]?