from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb idiomatic to
preventsomething from happening; to obviateor avert
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Sorry, no etymologies found.
Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word stave off.
Sorry, no example sentences found.
avsar commented on the word stave off
"STAVE OFF ruin!"
July 5, 2009