V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: to prevent something from happening

Synonyms: hinder, defeat, foil, impede, obstruct, outwit, prevent, stop

Antonyms: aid, assist, encourage, allow

Tips: Thwart is most often used when something planned or expected is physically prevented from happening. Thwart is a great word to use to describe someone disrupting the plans of another, by doing something that impedes the goals or objectives of the other. Usually the hero thwarts the evil plans of the villain, but thwart doesn't always have to be used in that context (see usage examples).

Usage Examples:

The man tried to thwart the city's plans to build a shopping mall right next to his house. (prevent, stop)

The government has put many plans in place, designed to thwart another terrorist attack. (foil, prevent)

The quick-thinking security guard noticed the masked man and thwarted his plan to rob the bank. (stopped, prevented, foiled)

My plans to leave the office early were thwarted by my boss, who asked me to stay late. (hindered, foiled)

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