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impede

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verb im·pede \im-ˈpēd\

Simple Definition of impede

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

Full Definition of impede

im·ped·edim·ped·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  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

Synonym Discussion of impede

hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress <rain hindered the climb>. impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering <tight clothing that impedes movement>. obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way <the view was obstructed by billboards>. block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress <a landslide blocked the road>.


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