HyperDic: ward_off

English > 2 senses of the expression ward off:
VERBsocialward off, debar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoidprevent the occurrence of
competitionward offavert, turn away, or repel
English > ward off: 2 senses > verb 1, social
Meaningprevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening / happening.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Something ----s something
Synonymsdebar, forefend, forfend, obviate, deflect, avert, head off, stave off, fend off, avoid
Broaderprevent, forestall, foreclose, preclude, forbidKeep from happening / happening or arising
Spanishalejar, atajar, capear, desviar, detener, eludir, esquivar, evitar, obviar, prevenir, prohibir
Catalaneludir, evitar, prevenir
English > ward off: 2 senses > verb 2, competition
Meaningavert, turn away, or repel.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Example"Ward off danger"
BroaderdefendBe on the defensive
Spanishdetener, proteger

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