Prevent etymology


English word prevent comes from Latin venio ((intransitive) I approach. (intransitive) I come.), Latin prae (Because of. Before. In front of Before. In front.)

Etymology of prevent

Detailed word origin of prevent

Dictionary entry Language Definition
venio Latin (lat) (intransitive) I approach. (intransitive) I come.
prae Latin (lat) Because of. Before. In front of Before. In front.
praevenire Latin (lat)
praeventus Latin (lat)
preventen Middle English (1100-1500) (enm)
prevent English (en) (intransitive, now, rare) To take preventative measures. [from 16th c.]. (obsolete, transitive) To be beforehand with; to anticipate.. (obsolete, transitive) To come before; to precede. [16th-18th c.]. (obsolete, transitive) To outdo, surpass. [16th-17th c.]. (transitive) To stop; to keep from. [from 16th c.].