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verb [transitive] forestall pronunciation in American English /fɔrˈstɔl/
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present tense
present participleforestalling
past tenseforestalled
past participleforestalled
  1. to prevent something from happening by saying or doing something before it can happen

    It’s hoped that the bank’s measure will forestall a return to high inflation.



to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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