ob·vi·ate [ob-vee-eyt] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation–verb (used with object), -at·ed, -at·ing.
to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary: to obviate the risk of serious injury.
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Short Definition: Make unnecessary
- Bringing along Benson, with his long legs, obviated the need for a step ladder.
- Studying a little each day obviated the need for an all-night cram session the night before the exam.
- Using spell check on the computer doesn't obviate the need for effective proof reading.
Opera > V > ate > make unnecessary: I went to the opera last night but the opera singers kept coming down off the stage and showing me the "V" for victory symbol with their fingers. I finally got mad and ate the fingers of the next person who did this, and I got up and walked out. I thought I might get something to eat but since I had already eaten the two fingers it made dinner unnecessary. [NOTE: This isn't the greatest mnemonic, but I think it would work pretty well for me. Can you devise a better one? I'd love to hear what you come up with.]