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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"'What ails you, Polyphemus,' said they, 'that you make such a noise, breaking the stillness of the night, and preventing us from being able to sleep?
However, fee reductions in traditional advertising continued to impact our US operations by almost 300 basis points in the second quarter, thus preventing us from seeing better growth...North America posted virtually stable growth but a 1.7% decline on an organic basis.
"They are preventing us from attaining our rights," he added, making clear that his political Party did not wish for the FPM to be governmentally marginalized.
With such political moves, no one serious in the EU and NATO would believe the crocodile tears of Macedonia, namely that we are seriously trying to get a membership and only the injustice is the one holding us outside and preventing us from attaining our goal, Jovanovska concludes.
The statement added that "Despite the fact that the Israeli occupation forces rejected have been preventing us from voting since 1967, we as Syrian citizens reject all forms of occupation and stress that we support these elections." M.
SNORING partners, stressful lifestyles and uncomfortable beds are preventing us from getting a good night's sleep, a new survey has found.
The thing preventing us from buying our dream farm is the lack of options for loans.
Antonio Banderas is following in the footsteps of Angelina Jolie by becoming a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations (UN).Aa The AoEvitaAo star will join the UN Development ProgramAAEs (UNDP) global fight against poverty, and help the organization raise awareness of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets aimed at halving world poverty by 2015.Aa The Spanish actor says in a statement, AoPoverty robs us of our potential as a people, preventing us from being all that we can be.
However, without the provision of frequent bins in which to dispose of the said "dirt" I feel the council is preventing us from being as responsible as we could be.
We've got to anticipate Rangers preventing us from playing in the same way Scotland stopped France."
CANADIAN researchers have suggested a novel way of preventing a feared switch off of the Gulf Stream that warms Europe and Britain, preventing us from being plunged into Siberia-style winters.
Some businesses are more predator-oriented than others and her guidelines are excellent for preventing us from becoming dissatisfied customers or, worse, suckers.
Walis George,of Cymdeithas Tai Eyri, said: ``One of the major obstacles preventing us from providing more local housing in the past has been the lack of evidence demonstrating `local need'.
But sometimes it seems that critics who are the first to charge us with failing in this mission are the very ones preventing us from achieving it.
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