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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)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of impede

impededimpeding

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to interfere with or slow the progress of

impeder noun

Examples of impede in a sentence

  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>.

IMPEDE Defined for Kids

impede

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verb im·pede \im-ˈpēd\

Definition of impede for Students

impededimpeding

  1. :  to interfere with the movement or progress of <A snowstorm impeded his journey.>





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