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[transitive verb]

to try to deal with a difficult problem:

There is more than one way to tackle the problem.
It took twelve fire engines totackletheblaze.


[transitive verb]

to stop something from happening, or stop someone from doing something:
The rules are intended to prevent accidents.
prevent somebody/something (from) doing something
His back injury may prevent him from playing in tomorrow's game.
We were prevented from entering the site.

on grounds of

on the basis of


plural disabilities

[countable noun] a physical or mental condition that makes it difficult for someone to use a part of their body properly, or to learn normally with a disability
Public places are becoming more accessible to people with disabilities.
learning/physical/mental etc disability
children with severe learning disabilities


in‧tim‧i‧date [transitive verb]

to frighten or threaten someone into making them do what you want intimidate somebody into doing something

intimidation [uncountable noun]

She had endured years of intimidation and violence.
the intimidation of voters


[uncountable noun]

when someone behaves in an unpleasant or threatening way towards you:
African-Americans have been complaining about police harassment for years.
sexual harassment (=because of someone's sex )
We need effective strategies to combat sexual harassment in the workplace.


to treat someone in a cruel and violent way, often sexually

sexually/physically abused
She was sexually abused as a child


[uncountable and countable noun]

when someone is removed from their job:

Wilson was claiming compensation for unfair dismissal.


[transitive verb]

to make someone suffer because they have done something wrong or broken the law [↪ punishment, punitive]:

Smacking is not an acceptable way of punishing a child.

put down

put-down [countable usually singular noun]
something you say that is intended to make someone feel stupid or unimportant [= snub]:
She was tired of his put-downs.
to put someone down

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