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tr.v. fore·stalled, fore·stall·ing, fore·stalls
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.]
1. to delay, stop, or guard against beforehand
2. to anticipate
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]
foreˈstalment, foreˈstallment n
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′ment, forestal′ment, n.
Past participle: forestalled
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|Verb||1.||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"
|2.||forestall - act in advance of; deal with ahead of time|