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[only before noun]

1 existing or accepted in a particular place or at a particular time [= current]:
The prevailing mood of public opinion remained hostile.
the prevailing economic conditionsin Northern Ireland
2 dominant


[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.


[transitive verb]

1 to give something to someone or make it available to them, because they need it or want it [↪ provision]:
Tea and biscuits will be provided.
provide something for somebody
The hotelprovidesa shoe-cleaning servicefor guests.
provide somebody with something
The project is designed to provide young people with work.
2 to produce something useful as a result:
We are hoping the enquiry will provide an explanation for the accident.
provide somebody with something
The search provided the police with several vital clues.


[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




fairly, to some degree

Abigail's always been rather a difficult child.

rather than: instead of

Rather than go straight on to university why not get some work experience first?

receiving station

the satellite sends signals to the receiving station on the ground

There the raw data are being processed for further use.


if two things relate, they are connected in some way [= connect]:

I don't understand how the two ideas relate.


to continue to be in the same state or condition:

Please remain seated until all the lights are on.


far away

far from towns or other places where people live [= isolated]:

a remote border town

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