September 18, 2013
prevent (verb)
\prih-VENT\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to keep from happening2 : to hold or keep back : hinder, stop
How do you use it?
"‘I'm very glad to see you. I was beginning to be afraid you weren't coming for me and I was imagining all the things that might have happened to prevent you.'" (Lucy Maud Montgomery, _Anne of Green Gables_)
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Which word do you think is related to "prevent"?

We hope nothing prevented you from choosing D. Both "prevent" and "convention" stem from the Latin root "venire" meaning "to come." Latin speakers combined "venire" with the prefix "prae" meaning "before" to form "praevenire" meaning "to come before." A form of "praevenire" passed into Middle English, and later became "prevent." Latin speakers also combined "venire" with "com-" meaning, "together, with," to form "convenire" meaning "to assemble, come together." English speakers eventually adopted a form of "convenire" to make the verb "convene" and the corresponding noun "convention."
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