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de·ter

 (dĭ-tûr′)
tr.v. de·terred, de·ter·ring, de·ters
1. To prevent or discourage from acting, as by means of fear or doubt: threats that did not deter her from speaking out; skin chemicals that deter predators.
2. To prevent or discourage (an action or behavior): installed surveillance cameras to deter vandalism.
3. To make less likely or prevent from happening: protocols to deter infection.

[Latin dēterrēre : dē-, de- + terrēre, to frighten.]

de·ter′ment n.
de·ter′ra·ble adj.
de·ter′rer n.

deter

(dɪˈtɜː)
vb, -ters, -terring or -terred
(tr) to discourage (from acting) or prevent (from occurring), usually by instilling fear, doubt, or anxiety
[C16: from Latin dēterrēre, from de- + terrēre to frighten]
deˈterment n

de•ter

(dɪˈtɜr)

v.t. -terred, -ter•ring.
1. to discourage or restrain from acting or proceeding: The dog deterred trespassers.
2. to prevent; check; arrest: face cream to deter wrinkles.
[1570–80; < Latin dēterrēre to prevent, hinder =dē- de- + terrēre to frighten]
de•ter′ment, n.
de•ter′ra•ble, adj.
de•ter`ra•bil′i•ty, n.
de•ter′rer, n.

deter

To deter someone from doing something means to prevent them from doing it or to persuade them not to do it.

During the war, a flood would not have deterred me from going there on foot.
This did not deter Ealing council from passing a motion commending the police for their 'courage and patience'.

deter


Past participle: deterred
Gerund: deterring

Imperative
deter
deter
Present
I deter
you deter
he/she/it deters
we deter
you deter
they deter
Preterite
I deterred
you deterred
he/she/it deterred
we deterred
you deterred
they deterred
Present Continuous
I am deterring
you are deterring
he/she/it is deterring
we are deterring
you are deterring
they are deterring
Present Perfect
I have deterred
you have deterred
he/she/it has deterred
we have deterred
you have deterred
they have deterred
Past Continuous
I was deterring
you were deterring
he/she/it was deterring
we were deterring
you were deterring
they were deterring
Past Perfect
I had deterred
you had deterred
he/she/it had deterred
we had deterred
you had deterred
they had deterred
Future
I will deter
you will deter
he/she/it will deter
we will deter
you will deter
they will deter
Future Perfect
I will have deterred
you will have deterred
he/she/it will have deterred
we will have deterred
you will have deterred
they will have deterred
Future Continuous
I will be deterring
you will be deterring
he/she/it will be deterring
we will be deterring
you will be deterring
they will be deterring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been deterring
you have been deterring
he/she/it has been deterring
we have been deterring
you have been deterring
they have been deterring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been deterring
you will have been deterring
he/she/it will have been deterring
we will have been deterring
you will have been deterring
they will have been deterring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been deterring
you had been deterring
he/she/it had been deterring
we had been deterring
you had been deterring
they had been deterring
Conditional
I would deter
you would deter
he/she/it would deter
we would deter
you would deter
they would deter
Past Conditional
I would have deterred
you would have deterred
he/she/it would have deterred
we would have deterred
you would have deterred
they would have deterred
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.deter - try to prevent; show opposition to; "We should discourage this practice among our youth"
disapprove, reject - deem wrong or inappropriate; "I disapprove of her child rearing methods"
2.deter - turn away from by persuasion; "Negative campaigning will only dissuade people"
talk out of - persuade someone not to do something
advise, counsel, rede - give advice to; "The teacher counsels troubled students"; "The lawyer counselled me when I was accused of tax fraud"

deter

verb
1. discourage, inhibit, put off, frighten, intimidate, daunt, hinder, dissuade, talk out of Jail sentences have done nothing to deter the offenders.
2. prevent, stop, check, curb, damp, restrain, prohibit, hinder, debar Capital punishment does not deter crime.

deter

verb
To persuade (a person) not to do something:
Idiom: talk out of.
Translations
يَصُدُّ، يُثْني، يَرْدَعُ
odraditzastrašit
afskrække
estää
elrettent
draga kjarkinn úr, aftra
atbaidantisatbaidymo priemonėatbaidytiatgrasantisatgrasinimo priemonė
atbaidītatturēt
odvrniti
caydırmak

deter

[dɪˈtɜːʳ] VT (= discourage) → desalentar; (= dissuade) → disuadir; (= prevent) → impedir
to deter sb from doing sth (= dissuade) → disuadir a algn de hacer algo; (= prevent) → impedir a algn hacer algo, impedir a algn que haga algo
I was deterred by the costel precio me hizo abandonar la idea
a weapon which deters nobodyun arma que no asusta a nadie, un arma sin poder disuasorio
don't let the weather deter youno desistas por el mal tiempo

deter

[dɪˈtɜːr] vtdissuader
to deter sb from doing sth → dissuader qn de faire qch

deter

vt (= prevent)abhalten, hindern; (= discourage)abschrecken; to deter somebody from somethingjdn von etw abhalten or an etw (dat)hindern; to deter somebody from doing somethingjdn davon abhalten or daran hindern, etw zu tun; he won’t be deterred (by the cost)er lässt sich (von den Kosten) nicht abschrecken; don’t let him deter youlassen Sie sich nicht von ihm abhalten or abbringen

deter

[dɪˈtɜːʳ] vt to deter sb (from doing sth)dissuadere qn (dal fare qc)

deter

(diˈtəː) past tense, past participle deˈterred verb
to make less willing or prevent by frightening. She was not deterred by his threats.
deˈterrent (-ˈte-) , ((American) -ˈtə:-) noun, adjective
(something) that deters. The possession of nuclear weapons by nations is thought to be a deterrent against nuclear war itself; a deterrent effect.
References in classic literature ?
At the same time he should encourage his citizens to practise their callings peaceably, both in commerce and agriculture, and in every other following, so that the one should not be deterred from improving his possessions for fear lest they be taken away from him or another from opening up trade for fear of taxes; but the prince ought to offer rewards to whoever wishes to do these things and designs in any way to honour his city or state.
No; I was not to be deterred from this brave life on the water by the fact that the water-dwellers had queer and expensive desires for beer and wine and whisky.
To scale it, though, presented difficulties and danger that might have deterred the bravest of men--that would, doubtless, have deterred Gahan, had he not felt that the life of the woman he loved depended upon his accomplishing the hazardous feat.
A week Jerry spent in the bush, deterred always from penetrating to the mountains by the bushmen who ever guarded the runways.
Jerry wriggled his body in delight of obeying, and would loyally have presented his head to her outreaching caress of hand, had not the strangeness and difference of her deterred him.
Then it was that, had I not been deterred by the very chance that such an injury might prove greater than the injury to be averted, my exultation would have broken out.
She had depended on a twilight walk to the Grecian temple, and perhaps all over the grounds, and an evening merely cold or damp would not have deterred her from it; but a heavy and settled rain even SHE could not fancy dry or pleasant weather for walking.
A knowledge of these dangers deterred Captain Bonneville, in the present instance, from detaching small parties of trappers as he had intended; for his scouts brought him word that formidable bands of the Banneck Indians were lying on the Boisee and Payette Rivers, at no great distance, so that they would be apt to detect and cut off any stragglers.
The idea of retracing his steps was intolerable, and, notwithstanding all the discouraging accounts of the ruggedness of the mountains lower down the river, he would have been disposed to attempt them, but the depth of the snow with which they were covered deterred him; having already experienced the impossibility of forcing his way against such an impediment.
FORMER troops are being deterred from applying for jobs as police officers by new rules, fears an ex-minister.
Former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales cited this popular Biblical account of courage on Friday when asked if they were deterred when they filed a complaint before the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Chinese President Xi Jinping.
As for hanging not being a deterrent, it deterred Haigh, it deterred Christie, it deterred Manuel and it deterred Hanratty.