V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to prevent something bad from happening or to postpone something bad from happening until later

Synonyms: fend, repel, prevent, stall

Antonyms: attract, bring in, collect

Tips: You will often hear the phrase "stave off," which means "hold off, keep off, beat off, drive off, stall, or prevent."

Usage Examples:

Let's get you a snack to stave off your hunger until dinner. (stall, prevent)

We are looking for additional financing to stave off bankruptcy. (prevent)

I guess we need to make the decision now, although I was hoping to stave off making this decision until later. (stall, postpone)

We are looking for a way to stave off our competitors from entering our market. (beat back, keep off, drive off)

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