(noun, verb)


1. (obsolete or historical) An ambush; plot; an interception; waylaying; rescue.

2. Something situated or placed in front.


1. keep from happening or arising; make impossible

Similar word(s): forbid, foreclose, preclude, prevent

Definition categories: social

2. act in advance of; deal with ahead of time

Similar word(s): anticipate, counter, foresee

Definition categories: social, act, move

Sentences with forestall as a verb:

- Fred forestalled disaster by his prompt action.

- In French, an aspired h forestalls elision.