- (transitive) To prevent, delay or hinder something by taking precautionary or anticipatory measures; to avert.
- Fred forestalled disaster by his prompt action.
- (transitive) To preclude or bar from happening, render impossible.
- In French, an aspired h forestalls elision.
- (archaic) To purchase the complete supply of a good, particularly foodstuffs, in order to charge a monopoly price.
- See also Thesaurus:hinder
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From Middle English forestallen (“to forestall, intercept, ambush, way-lay”) from forestalle (“a forestalling, interception”), from Old English foresteall (“intervention, hindrance of justice, ambush”) from fore- (“ahead of, before”) + steall (“position”).
- IPA: /fɔɹˈstɔl/
- Rhymes: -ɔːl