Meaning of forestall
Pronunciation: (fōr-stôl', fôr-), [key]
- to prevent, hinder, or thwart by action in advance: to forestall a riot by deploying police.
- to act beforehand with or get ahead of; anticipate.
- to buy up (goods) in advance in order to increase the price when resold.
- to prevent sales at (a fair, market, etc.) by buying up or diverting goods.
- forestall (Thesaurus)