forestall - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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/fɔː(r)ˈstɔːl/
present tense
I/you/we/theyforestall
he/she/itforestalls
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.