verb \im-ˈpēd\

: to slow the movement, progress, or action of (someone or something)


Full Definition of IMPEDE

transitive verb
:  to interfere with or slow the progress of
im·ped·er noun

Examples of IMPEDE

  1. He claims that economic growth is being impeded by government regulations.
  2. The soldiers could not impede the enemy's advance.

Origin of IMPEDE

Latin impedire, from in- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot
First Known Use: circa 1595


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