Word "preclude"

Bassim

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I have tried to use "preclude" in my sentences. Would you please correct my mistakes?

1.The president tried to preclude inquiry into his contacts with a foreign secret service.

2. The large company is trying to preclude its smaller rivals to get into its market.
 

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Number 1 is just barely acceptable. Number 2 doesn't work at all.
 

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Would my second sentence be better like this:

The large company is trying to prevent its smaller rivals to get into its market.
 

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You prevent someone from getting into a market.
 

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The president could try to block/stymie such inquiries.
 
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