[fohr-stawl, fawr-] /foʊrˈstɔl, fɔr-/
verb (used with object)
to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance:
"to forestall a riot by deploying police."
to act beforehand with or get ahead of; anticipate.
to buy up (goods) in advance in order to increase the price when resold.
to prevent sales at (a fair, market, etc.) by buying up or diverting goods.
1350–1400; Middle English forstallen, verbal derivative of forstalle, Old English foresteall intervention (to defeat justice), waylaying. See fore-, stall2
Related forms
forestaller, noun
forestallment, forestalment, noun
unforestalled, adjective
1. preclude, obviate, intercept, obstruct. 2. prevent, avert.
Example Sentences for forestall
Some want restrictions to cut population growth and forestall ecological catastrophe.
Some scientists are calling for more study of technological interventions to forestall catastrophic global warming.
To forestall an attempt to vote him out of office, he returned, calling an emergency council meeting at his home.
One way to forestall such a crash is to breed plants that are resistant to infection.
The government volunteered to face a confidence vote, in an impromptu parliamentary session, to forestall this threat.
No amount of intellectual engineering can forestall the inevitable.
To forestall another war, they should change their ways.
Secondly, a lower real interest rate doesn't necessarily mean that the real interest rate is low enough to forestall recession.
Federal authorities moved quickly to forestall any challenges to the succession.
She drew the shades, though not so completely as absolutely to forestall legerdemain.
British Dictionary definitions for forestall
forestall (fɔːˈstɔːl)
1.  to delay, stop, or guard against beforehand
2.  to anticipate
3.  a.  to prevent or hinder sales at (a market, etc) by buying up merchandise in advance, etc
 b.  Compare corner to buy up (merchandise) for profitable resale
[C14 forestallen to waylay, from Old English foresteall an ambush, from fore- in front of + steall place]

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Word Origin and History for forestall
O.E. foresteall "an ambush, a waylaying," from fore "before" + steall "standing position" (see stall (1)). Modern sense of "to anticipate and delay" is from 1580s. Related: Forestalled; forestalling.
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