Simple Definition of impede
: to slow the movement, progress, or action of (someone or something)
Full Definition of impede
: to interfere with or slow the progress of
Examples of impede
He claims that economic growth is being impeded by government regulations.
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
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