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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of interfere

interfered

interfering

  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

interferer

noun

Examples of interfere in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.


INTERFERE Defined for Kids

interfere

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verb in·ter·fere \ˌin-tər-ˈfir\

Definition of interfere for Students

interfered

interfering

  1. 1 :  to get in the way of as an obstacle <Hills interfere with the radio signal.>

  2. 2 :  to become involved in the concerns of others when such involvement is not wanted <Stop interfering in my private matters.>




Medical Dictionary

interfere

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

Medical Definition of interfere

interfered

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interfering

  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




Law Dictionary

interfere

intransitive verb in·ter·fere

Legal Definition of interfere

interfered

interfering

  1. 1 :  to act in a way that impedes or obstructs others

  2. 2 :  to enter into the concerns of others





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