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fore·stall

 (fôr-stôl′)
tr.v. fore·stalled, fore·stall·ing, fore·stalls
1.
a. To delay, hinder, or prevent (an event, for example) by taking action beforehand: "rehabilitative care, where the goal is not so much to cure disease as it is to forestall further decline" (George Anders). See Synonyms at prevent.
b. To delay, hinder, or prevent (someone) from doing something by taking action beforehand.
2. To prevent or hinder normal sales in (a market), as by buying up merchandise.

[Middle English forestallen, to waylay and rob, from forestal, highway robbery, ambush, from Old English foresteall : fore-, fore- + steall, position; see stel- in Indo-European roots.]

fore·stall′er n.
fore·stall′ment n.

forestall

(fɔːˈstɔːl)
vb (tr)
1. to delay, stop, or guard against beforehand
2. to anticipate
3. (Commerce)
a. to prevent or hinder sales at (a market, etc) by buying up merchandise in advance, etc
b. to buy up (merchandise) for profitable resale. Compare corner21
[C14 forestallen to waylay, from Old English foresteall an ambush, from fore- in front of + steall place]
foreˈstaller n
foreˈstalment, foreˈstallment n

fore•stall

(foʊrˈstɔl, fɔr-)

v.t.
1. to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance.
2. to act beforehand with or get ahead of; anticipate.
3. to buy up (goods) in advance in order to increase the price when resold.
[1350–1400; Middle English, v. derivative of forstalle, Old English foresteall intervention (to defeat justice), waylaying. See fore-, stall2]
fore•stall′er, n.
fore•stall′ment, forestal′ment, n.

forestall


Past participle: forestalled
Gerund: forestalling

Imperative
forestall
forestall
Present
I forestall
you forestall
he/she/it forestalls
we forestall
you forestall
they forestall
Preterite
I forestalled
you forestalled
he/she/it forestalled
we forestalled
you forestalled
they forestalled
Present Continuous
I am forestalling
you are forestalling
he/she/it is forestalling
we are forestalling
you are forestalling
they are forestalling
Present Perfect
I have forestalled
you have forestalled
he/she/it has forestalled
we have forestalled
you have forestalled
they have forestalled
Past Continuous
I was forestalling
you were forestalling
he/she/it was forestalling
we were forestalling
you were forestalling
they were forestalling
Past Perfect
I had forestalled
you had forestalled
he/she/it had forestalled
we had forestalled
you had forestalled
they had forestalled
Future
I will forestall
you will forestall
he/she/it will forestall
we will forestall
you will forestall
they will forestall
Future Perfect
I will have forestalled
you will have forestalled
he/she/it will have forestalled
we will have forestalled
you will have forestalled
they will have forestalled
Future Continuous
I will be forestalling
you will be forestalling
he/she/it will be forestalling
we will be forestalling
you will be forestalling
they will be forestalling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been forestalling
you have been forestalling
he/she/it has been forestalling
we have been forestalling
you have been forestalling
they have been forestalling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been forestalling
you will have been forestalling
he/she/it will have been forestalling
we will have been forestalling
you will have been forestalling
they will have been forestalling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been forestalling
you had been forestalling
he/she/it had been forestalling
we had been forestalling
you had been forestalling
they had been forestalling
Conditional
I would forestall
you would forestall
he/she/it would forestall
we would forestall
you would forestall
they would forestall
Past Conditional
I would have forestalled
you would have forestalled
he/she/it would have forestalled
we would have forestalled
you would have forestalled
they would have forestalled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.forestall - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
make unnecessary, save - make unnecessary an expenditure or effort; "This will save money"; "I'll save you the trouble"; "This will save you a lot of time"
deflect, fend off, forefend, forfend, head off, avert, stave off, ward off, avoid, debar, obviate - prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening; "Let's avoid a confrontation"; "head off a confrontation"; "avert a strike"
blockade, obstruct, stymie, stymy, embarrass, hinder, block - hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
frustrate, queer, scotch, thwart, foil, baffle, bilk, cross, spoil - hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of; "What ultimately frustrated every challenger was Ruth's amazing September surge"; "foil your opponent"
kibosh, stop, block, halt - stop from happening or developing; "Block his election"; "Halt the process"
2.forestall - act in advance of; deal with ahead of time
act, move - perform an action, or work out or perform (an action); "think before you act"; "We must move quickly"; "The governor should act on the new energy bill"; "The nanny acted quickly by grabbing the toddler and covering him with a wet towel"

forestall

forestall

verb
To prohibit from occurring by advance planning or action:
Translations

forestall

[fɔːˈstɔːl] VT (= anticipate) [+ event, accident] → prevenir; [+ rival, competitor] → adelantarse a (Comm) → acaparar

forestall

[fɔːrˈstɔːl] vt [+ person] → devancer; [+ event, action] → anticiper

forestall

vt sb, rivalzuvorkommen (+dat); accident, eventualityvorbeugen (+dat); crisis, danger, disasterabwenden; wish, desireim Keim ersticken; objectionvorwegnehmen

forestall

[fɔːˈstɔːl] vt (anticipate, event, accident) → prevenire; (rival, competitor) → anticipare
References in classic literature ?
To tell you the truth I was thinking about Beecher--wondering when he would get here," added Tom quickly as if to forestall any question as to whether or not his thoughts had to do with Beecher in connection with Tom's affair of the heart.
Erskine," said Agatha, interposing quickly to forestall a retort from Jane, with its usual sequel of a domestic squabble.
Should the army forestall you in occupying a pass, do not go after him if the pass is fully garrisoned, but only if it is weakly garrisoned.
Now, how much I am indebted to you I realised when you told me that you were spending for my benefit the sum which you are always reported to have laid by at your bankers; but, now that I have learnED that you never possessed such a fund, but that, on hearing of my destitute plight, and being moved by it, you decided to spend upon me the whole of your salary--even to forestall it--and when I had fallen ill, actually to sell your clothes--when I learnED all this I found myself placed in the harassing position of not knowing how to accept it all, nor what to think of it.
The constant study of the rival bands is to forestall and outwit each other; to supplant each other in the good will and custom of the Indian tribes; to cross each other's plans; to mislead each other as to routes; in a word, next to his own advantage, the study of the Indian trader is the disadvantage of his competitor.
Now you are going to say something about law being the worst wilderness of the two, but I forestall you; remember, I have forestalled you.
It was now apprehended that they were advancing within the American limits, and were endeavoring to seize upon the upper part of the river and forestall the American Fur Company in the surrounding trade; in which case bloody feuds might be anticipated, such as had prevailed between the rival fur companies in former days.
If I said how I would earn them, another man might hear and forestall me.
After this she would be on her guard, forestall Martin, do tenderly what he would do harshly.
She became oblivious to any danger there might be in a visit to such an exposed place at such a time, and to all lesser considerations, and made up her mind to forestall them.
She did not speak to him much, but she was quick to forestall his wants.
If he reached Znaim before the French, there would be great hope of saving the army; to let the French forestall him at Znaim meant the exposure of his whole army to a disgrace such as that of Ulm, or to utter destruction.