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interfere

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verb in·ter·fere \ˌin-tə(r)-ˈfir\

Simple Definition of interfere

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

Full Definition of interfere

in·ter·feredin·ter·fer·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to interpose in a way that hinders or impedes :  come into collision or be in opposition

  3. 2 :  to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running —used especially of horses

  4. 3 :  to enter into or take a part in the concerns of others

  5. 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

Synonym Discussion of interfere

interpose, interfere, intervene, mediate, intercede mean to come or go between. interpose often implies no more than this <interposed herself between him and the door>. interfere implies hindering <noise interfered with my concentration>. intervene may imply an occurring in space or time between two things or a stepping in to stop a conflict <quarreled until the manager intervened>. mediate implies intervening between hostile factions <mediated between the parties>. intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness <interceded on our behalf>.

Medical Dictionary

interfere

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intransitive verb in·ter·fere \ˌint-ə(r)-ˈfi(ə)r\

Medical Definition of interfere

in·ter·feredin·ter·fer·ing

  1. 1:  to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running—used especially of horses

  2. 2:  to act reciprocally so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another—used of waves

  3. 3:  to be inconsistent with and disturb the performance of previously learned behavior






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