forestall

[fohr-stawl, fawr-]
verb (used with object)
1.
to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance: to forestall a riot by deploying police.
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.
4.
to prevent sales at (a fair, market, etc.) by buying up or diverting goods.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English forstallen, verbal derivative of forstalle, Old English foresteall intervention (to defeat justice), waylaying. See fore-, stall2

forestaller, noun
forestallment, forestalment, noun
unforestalled, adjective


1. preclude, obviate, intercept, obstruct. 2. prevent, avert.
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forestall (fɔːˈstɔːl)
 
vb
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]
 
fore'staller
 
n
 
fore'stalment
 
n
 
fore'stallment
 
n

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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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Example sentences
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.
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