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.
See also: prevent
References in classic literature ?
The combatants being now prevented from executing present vengeance on each other, betook themselves to the common resources of disappointed rage, and vented their wrath in threats and defiance.
He overawes his opponents, and their allies are prevented from joining against him.
He knew that Vronsky could not be prevented from amusing himself with painting; he knew that he and all dilettanti had a perfect right to paint what they liked, but it was distasteful to him.
Chief Inspector Dave Griffith,of Dorset Police, said: ``The young man, who is from the Bournemouth area, was prevented from boarding the flight yesterday by officers working as part of a national operation.
If you appear to be "arrogant" or "uncooperative'' to them (and by them, it could simply be one person running such a list), you can be prevented from sending email to your clients or customers.
The prevention of gas porosity in the casting requires that H gas is prevented from being absorbed.
When these proposed regulations become final, an acquiring corporation will no longer be automatically prevented from using a C reorganization due to prior stock ownership in a target.
* The amine compounds also are prevented from penetrating the adhesive layer though the obstruction presented by the network structure of the carboxylic and pyridyl radicals of the latex polymers.