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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin dēterreō (deter, discourage), from de (from) + terreō (I frighten).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈtɜː(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -ɜː(r)

VerbEdit

deter (third-person singular simple present deters, present participle deterring, simple past and past participle deterred)

  1. (transitive) To prevent something from happening.
  2. (transitive) To persuade someone not to do something; to discourage.
  3. (transitive) To distract someone from something.
    • 1748. David Hume. Enquiries concerning the human understanding and concerning the principles of moral. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 10.
      we have in following enquiry, attempted to throw some light upon subjects, from which uncertainty has hitherto deterred the wise

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  • (To persuade someone to not do something): dissuade

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GalicianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Portuguese detẽer, from Latin dētinēre, present active infinitive of dētineō (detain).

VerbEdit

deter (first-person singular present deteño, first-person singular preterite detiven, past participle detido)

  1. to detain, stop
  2. first-person singular personal infinitive of deter
  3. third-person singular personal infinitive of deter

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PortugueseEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Portuguese detẽer, from Latin dētinēre, present active infinitive of dētineō (detain).

VerbEdit

deter (first-person singular present indicative detenho, past participle detido)

  1. to stop, arrest, detain, restrain
  2. to deter
  3. to withhold

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