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Prevent, 1) to come before, to anticipate, to be beforehand with: “I would have stayed till I had made you merry, if worthier friends had not --ed me,” Merch. I, 1, 61. “I will answer you with gait and entrance. But we are --ed,” Tw. III, 1, 94; cf. Per. V, 1, 64. “but that I am --ed, I should have begged I might have been employed,” H6A IV, 1, 71. “I must p. thee, Cimber,” Caes. III, 1, 35. “I do find it cowardly and vile, so to p. the time of life,” V, 1, 105. “so shall my anticipation p. your discovery,” Hml. II, 2, 305.
2) to frustrate, to disappoint, to avoid, to escape: “I could p. this storm and shun thy wrack,” Lucr. 966. “give my love fame faster than time wastes life; so thou --est his scythe and crooked knife,” Sonn. 100, 14. “to p. our maladies unseen, we sicken to shun sickness when we purge,” 118, 3. “I would p. the loose encounters of lascivious men,” Gent. II, 7, 40. “that it wants matter to p. so gross o'erreaching,” Wiv. V, 5, 144. “he comes armed in his fortune and --s the slander of his wife,” As IV, 1, 61. “she hath --ed me,” Shr. V, 2, 49 (got out of my way, escaped me). “I could have well diverted her intents, which thus she hath --ed,” All's III, 4, 22. “a disaster of war that Caesar himself could not have --ed,” III, 6, 56. “many a good hanging --s a bad marriage,” Tw. I, 5, 20. “which way to be --ed,” Wint. I, 2, 405. “p. the ways to wail,” R2 III, 2, 179 (avoid). “so both the degrees p. my curses,” H4B I, 2, 259 (escape). “to p. the tyrant's violence, I'll hence forthwith unto the sanctuary,” H6C IV, 4, 29. “for I, too fond, might have --ed this,” R3 III, 4, 83. “how shall this be --ed?” Rom. III, 5, 206. IV, 1, 51. IV, 1, 51 “I'll teach them to p. wild Alcibiades' wrath,” Tim. V, 1, 206. “to p. the fiend and to kill vermin,” Lr. III, 4, 164. “you are come a market-maid to Rome and have --ed the ostentation of our love,” Ant. III, 6, 51.
3) to hinder by something done before, to obviate: “which cunning love did wittily p.” Ven. 471. “this vile purpose to p.” Lucr. 220. “thou didst p. me,” Tp. I, 2, 350. Wiv. II, 1, 121. II, 2, 325. Ado III, 2, 136. John I, 35. R2 IV, 148. V, 2, 55. H4A IV, 4, 35. H6C IV, 6, 96. R3 II, 2, 131. II, 3, 26. III, 5, 55. Troil. IV, 4, 38. Cor. IV, 6, 36. Caes. II, 1, 28 “(then, lest he may, p.).” Caes. II, 1, 28 Hml. III, 1, 175. Lr. I, 1, 46. Lr. III, 7, 83 “(lest it see more, p. it).” Ant. IV, 12, 42. Cymb. V, 5, 46. Cymb. V, 5, 46. With from: “--ed from a damned enterprise,” H5 II, 2, 164.
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