1. [ verb ] prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Synonyms: avoid avert stave_off head_off ward_off deflect fend_off obviate

"Let's avoid a confrontation" "head off a confrontation" "avert a strike"

Related terms: prevent obviation
2. [ verb ] bar temporarily; from school, office, etc.
Synonyms: suspend
Related terms: expel send_down punish
3. [ verb ] prevent from entering; keep out
Synonyms: bar exclude

"He was barred from membership in the club"

Related terms: forbid exclusion
Similar spelling:   Deaver