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interfere

interfere

verb in·ter·fere \ˌin-tə(r)-ˈfir\

: to become involved in the activities and concerns of other people when your involvement is not wanted

in·ter·feredin·ter·fer·ing

Full Definition of INTERFERE

intransitive verb
1
:  to interpose in a way that hinders or impedes :  come into collision or be in opposition
2
:  to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running —used especially of horses
3
:  to enter into or take a part in the concerns of others
4
:  to act reciprocally so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another —used of waves
in·ter·fer·er noun

Examples of INTERFERE

  1. I tried to offer advice without interfering.
  2. <a strong resentment of outsiders who attempted to interfere with their traditional ways of doing things>

Origin of INTERFERE

Middle English enterferen, from Anglo-French (s')entreferir to strike one another, from entre- inter- + ferir to strike, from Latin ferire — more at bore
First Known Use: 15th century

interfere

intransitive verb in·ter·fere \ˌint-ə(r)-ˈfi(ə)r\   (Medical Dictionary)
in·ter·feredin·ter·fer·ing

Medical Definition of INTERFERE

1
:  to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running—used especially of horses
2
:  to act reciprocally so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another—used of waves
3
:  to be inconsistent with and disturb the performance of previously learned behavior

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