MEANING: verb tr.: To render unnecessary; to remove, avoid, or prevent.

ETYMOLOGY: From Latin obviare (to act contrary), from ob- (against) + via (way). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wegh- (to go or to transport), which also gave us pervious, ochlophobia (a fear of crowds), and ochlocracy (mob rule). Earliest documented use: 1567.

OBVIGATE - a blatant, even conspicuous political scandal

OBI-ANTE - Ben Kenobe threw in a chip to start the next pot

OB VIA TEN - the obstetrician drove through on I-10