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Squelch vs Prevent - What's the difference?

squelch | prevent |

As verbs the difference between squelch and prevent

is that squelch is (us) to halt, stop, eliminate, stamp out, or put down, often suddenly or by force while prevent is to stop; to keep (from happening).

As a noun squelch

is a squelching sound.




  • (US) to halt, stop, eliminate, stamp out, or put down, often suddenly or by force
  • Even the king’s announcement could not squelch the rumors.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher
  • Oh 'twas your luck and mine to be squelched .
  • * Carlyle
  • If you deceive us you will be squelched .
  • (radio technology) to suppress the unwanted hiss or static between received transmissions by adjusting the gain of your receiver.
  • (British) to make a sucking, splashing noise as when walking on muddy ground
  • The mud squelched underfoot; it had been raining all night.
  • *
  • (British) to walk or step through a substance such as mud
  • The mud was thick and sticky underfoot, but we squelched through it nonetheless.


    * (to halt) quash


  • A squelching sound.
  • Derived terms

    * squelchy



    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en verb)
  • To stop; to keep (from happening).
  • I brushed my teeth to prevent them from going yellow.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Tom Fordyce , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , 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 :
  • ‘I think you must be mad, and she shall not have a glimpse of it while I'm here to prevent !’
  • (obsolete) To come before; to precede.
  • * Bible, 1 Thess. iv. 15
  • We which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
  • * Book of Common Prayer
  • We pray thee that thy grace may always prevent and follow us.
  • * Prior
  • Then had I come, preventing Sheba's queen.
  • (obsolete) To outdo, surpass.
  • * 1596 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , IV.i:
  • 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.
  • (obsolete) To be beforehand with; to anticipate.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • their ready guilt preventing thy commands


    * See also

    Derived terms

    * preventative * prevention * preventive