Definition of thwart in English:

thwart

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Prevent (someone) from accomplishing something.

    ‘he never did anything to thwart his father’
    ‘he was thwarted in his desire to punish Uncle Fred’
    • ‘Assume, for a moment, that the French and the Germans aren't thwarting us out of pique, but by design, long-term design.’
    • ‘His mother thwarted him, calling into a local bank in June to tell the manager that her son's stories were lies.’
    • ‘One way to thwart such unscrupulous people is for the bona fide seed companies to make their presences felt at every level in the country.’
    • ‘Built into the Constitution is the notion that a free people should thwart its leaders if necessary.’
    • ‘Will Eliza find the courage to thwart these evil people and restore balance to the African wild?’
    • ‘But he was thwarted after a female worker reached forward and closed the till before he could snatch any cash.’
    • ‘Although stardom beckoned at an early age, Michael was initially thwarted in his desire to act.’
    • ‘The little man with the gloves and short sleeves had no sooner orchestrated something at one end than he was thwarting his opponents at the other.’
    • ‘But he was thwarted when he tried to do the same at last year's London Marathon.’
    • ‘It seems obvious that a greater police presence in that neighborhood might thwart some criminals and inadvertently save lives.’
    • ‘This has frustrated the restaurant entrepreneur somewhat and thwarted him from rolling out more establishments.’
    • ‘That case hinged on an interpretation of the Hobbs act, a 1946 law aimed at thwarting gangsters from extorting interstate truckers.’
    • ‘Life as a spy is all glamour - women, alcohol, jetting around the globe for two hours before finally thwarting the enemy in the last ten minutes.’
    • ‘My previous scheme was to auction off a date with me to this event on EBay, but now I am thwarted.’
    • ‘And they succeeded as Garner's final save thwarted Lee Canoville in the closing seconds.’
    • ‘We are going to be using those same people to thwart him.’
    • ‘And, when I'm thwarted, I'm likely to go all sour and spiky and be a pig to live with.’
    • ‘Distraction thieves were thwarted by a number of elderly people they targeted in Pewsey late on Wednesday evening last week.’
    • ‘York played on the break and came closest to breaking the deadlock when Carter was thwarted by an excellent save.’
    • ‘Did things happen to thwart people from voting?’
    1. 1.1Oppose (a plan, attempt, or ambition) successfully.
      ‘the government had been able to thwart all attempts by opposition leaders to form new parties’
      • ‘They say that the steps taken by Mr. LeBlanc were taken by him, deliberately and with ill intent, in an attempt to thwart their efforts to have their motions heard.’
      • ‘But this instrument also has its limitations, chief of which is that the type of very specific, tactical intelligence required to thwart terrorist plots is rare.’
      • ‘Jr. will wake up and make every effort to thwart your plans.’
      • ‘Esther is a Jewish girl who becomes Queen to King Xerxes of Persia, and through her bravery, is able to thwart an attempt to slaughter all the Jews living in Persia at that time.’
      • ‘However, thanks to smuggling, piracy, and trade with the New World, England was able to thwart Napoleon's plan.’
      • ‘The drop-off reflects deep disappointment that clerical establishment rulers have been able to largely thwart Khatami's efforts.’
      • ‘In their relationships with women, Russell and Ayer both seemed quite oblivious to the feelings of others when such feelings were likely to thwart their plans or ambitions.’
      • ‘For years they have provided a power base for him - realising he still clings to the vainglorious Brussels dream, while the Chancellor thwarts his ambition.’
      • ‘The story revolves round the locals’ attempts to thwart the plan.’
      • ‘So far we have been successful in thwarting the efforts of Representative Bill Thomas (R - CA) to get this passed.’
      • ‘However, Knottingley were able to thwart most efforts to break the deadlock with some resolute defence.’
      • ‘Fortunately I am a light sleeper, so I should be able to thwart any attempts to slice bits off me for a tasty midnight snack.’
      • ‘Officials mustered a security force of thousands in the area around the hall, part of an effort to thwart any attempt at a repeat attack.’
      • ‘Given the manner in which the development of Sligo has been stifled by sectional interest, it is hoped that the same dead hand of greed does not thwart the plans of the harbour board.’
      • ‘Also his best laid plans were thwarted when he attempted to return to see his family in South Africa.’
      • ‘But it can be said that police and intelligence work is disrupting the terrorist networks and thwarting their plans.’
      • ‘The record labels have attempted to thwart the efforts of free music providers through the creation of copyright-protected files and through lawsuits against providers of free music.’
      • ‘We wouldn't want to do anything to thwart the Campbell government's quest for the privatization of health care.’
      • ‘The pair will be able to use their stake to thwart any takeover attempt.’
      • ‘We all know who these people are, they walk among us every day and attempt to thwart carefully laid plans of anti-productivity with thoughts of ambition and determination.’

noun

  • A structural crosspiece sometimes forming a seat for a rower in a boat.

    • ‘Thirteen oarsmen and a captain form the crew of the fixed-thwart rowing boats that participate in the competitions.’
    • ‘More important than the tilt of the oarlocks are the relative positions of the thwart (seat), the oarlocks and the footbrace.’
    • ‘With your legs facing forward, the leeboard thwart goes approximately over your knees.’
    • ‘The placement of the primary thwart is important to balance.’
    • ‘Braced against the thwart, I hang my paddle far over the left gunwale and suck the stern toward it, and the edge of the table rock whisks by our port side.’
    • ‘Her hull is painted white with blue trim on the thwarts.’

adverb & preposition

literary, Archaic
  • From one side to another side of; across.

    [as preposition] ‘a pink-tinged cloud spread thwart the shore’

Origin

Middle English thwerte, from the adjective thwert perverse, obstinate, adverse from Old Norse thvert, neuter of thverr transverse from an Indo-European root shared by Latin torquere to twist.

Pronunciation:

thwart

/THwôrt/