Prevent vs Avid - What's the difference?
As a verb prevent
is to stop; to keep (from happening).
As an adjective avid is
enthusiastic; passionate; longing eagerly; eager; greedy.
To stop; to keep (from happening).
- I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.
, date=October 1
, author=Tom Fordyce
, title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Scotland must now hope Georgia produce a huge upset and beat Argentina by at least eight points in Sunday's final Pool B match to prevent
them failing to make the last eight for the first time in World Cup history.}}
* 1897 , Henry James, What Maisie Knew :
(obsolete) To come before; to precede.
* Bible, 1 Thess. iv. 15
- ‘I think you must be mad, and she shall not have a glimpse of it while I'm here to prevent !’
* Book of Common Prayer
- We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
- We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us.
(obsolete) To outdo, surpass.
* 1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.i:
- Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen.
(obsolete) To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
* Alexander Pope
- With that he put his spurres vnto his steed, / With speare in rest, and toward him did fare, / Like shaft out of a bow preuenting speed.
- their ready guilt preventing thy commands
* See also
enthusiastic; passionate; longing eagerly; eager; greedy
* 1996 , , Oyster , Virago Press, paperback edition, page 3
- I'm an avid reader.
- We waited for something to happen, for anything to happen, we were avid for some event to unfold itself out of the burning nothing to save us.