Forestall

Forestall [ fohr-STAWL, fawr-  ]
 transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. to prevent, hinder, obstruct, thwart or delay
2. to anticipate or deal with beforehand
3. to buy goods in advance so as to increase the price when reselling
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The building secretary could not forestall the renovation by making trivial complaints to the municipal corporation.
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