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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"I see that all is for the best," said Michel, "and that this atmosphere is a useful invention; for it not only allows us to breathe, but it prevents us from roasting."
"Monsieur Colbert," replied the musketeer, "a ray of the sun in our eyes prevents us from seeing the most vivid flame.
Social media affects like drugs, it never leaves us alone and keeps us busy and almost prevents us from doing our daily activities.
Fear makes us lose faith or perhaps, more accurately, fear prevents us from tapping into our faith, from believing in ourselves and what is the best in us.
"It's good business and it prevents us from getting anywhere near the state we were in before."
Though the eGovernment portal is useful, I wonder if they could add a section where we can enter our CPR or passport number to check in advance if there is any "hold" on us that prevents us from leaving the country.
None of them prevents us from working for Turkey shoulder by shoulder." Gul also stressed that the documents could cause distrust in diplomacy.
First, the precipitous drop in the number of autopsies performed prevents us from identifying missed diagnoses.
Breaking And Entering is an intelligent, well-intentioned look at what happens when London's haves clash with its have-nots, but it suffers from a horribly frosty remoteness that prevents us from even once engaging with the action.
"If we can build the non-NAFTA vehicles for Chrysler that are sold in Europe," asks Hogan, "what prevents us from doing the reverse--building Europe- or Asia-only vehicles--for sale here?" It is a question that is under increased scrutiny in Detroit.--CAS
Currently, I feel ignorance prevents us from improving recycling rates that would help the country economically, protect our limited resources, and minimize our intrusion into the natural world's plant and animal habitat.
"The limitations of these studies prevents us from concluding that blueberries are having any effect," says Bruce Kristal of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University in New York City, who nonetheless says that the Connecticut research is "worth pursuing."
This work itself prevents us from using the Wall Washing Machine in Queensway, as it would interfere with the progress of that work.
In other religions and sacred traditions, there is a similar understanding of spiritual freedom as freedom from self-ignorance and self-delusion, from vices and character flaws, from negative emotions, destructive compulsions, and anything else which generates human unhappiness and prevents us from living God-centered lives of love and service to humanity.
The former Casualty star who won best supporting actress Oscar for My Left Foot told me: "The film based on the humaness of our need to be loved and how fear prevents us from achieving that basic want.