from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary. See Synonyms at prevent.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To bypass a requirement or make it unnecessary; to avoid a future problem or difficult situation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To meet in the way.
- transitive v. To anticipate; to prevent by interception; to remove from the way or path; to make unnecessary.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To meet.
- To meet half-way, as difficulties or objections; hence, to meet and dispose of; clear out of the way; remove.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. do away with
- v. prevent the occurrence of; prevent from happening
Latin obviāre, obviāt-, to hinder, from obvius, in the way; see obvious.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin obviāre ("to block, to hinder"). (Wiktionary)