Simple Definition of obstruct
: to block (something, such as a pipe or street) so that things cannot move through easily
: to slow or block the movement, progress, or action of (something or someone)
: to be in front of (something) : to make (something) difficult to see
Examples of obstruct
A large tree obstructed the road.
A piece of food obstructed his airway and caused him to stop breathing.
She was charged with obstructing police.
She was charged with obstructing justice by lying to investigators.
Synonym Discussion of obstruct
OBSTRUCT Defined for Kids
Definition of obstruct
1 : to block or make passage through difficult <A fallen tree is obstructing the road.>
2 : to be or come in the way of : hinder <She was uncooperative and obstructed the investigation.>
3 : to make (something) difficult to see <The new building obstructs their view of the ocean.>
Word Root of obstruct
The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.
Medical Definition of obstruct
: to block or close up by an obstacle <veins obstructed by clots>
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