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obstruct

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verb ob·struct \əb-ˈstrəkt, äb-\

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

Full Definition of obstruct

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to block or close up by an obstacle

  3. 2 :  to hinder from passage, action, or operation :  impede

  4. 3 :  to cut off from sight <a wall obstructs the view>

ob·struc·tive play \-ˈstrək-tiv\ adjective or noun
ob·struc·tive·ness noun
ob·struc·tor play \-tər\ noun

Examples of obstruct

  1. A large tree obstructed the road.

  2. A piece of food obstructed his airway and caused him to stop breathing.

  3. She was charged with obstructing police.

  4. She was charged with obstructing justice by lying to investigators.



Origin of obstruct

Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere, from ob- in the way + struere to build, heap up — more at ob-, strew


First Known Use: 1590

Synonym Discussion of obstruct

hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress <rain hindered the climb>. impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering <tight clothing that impedes movement>. obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way <the view was obstructed by billboards>. block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress <a landslide blocked the road>.

Medical Dictionary

obstruct

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transitive verb ob·struct \əb-ˈstrəkt, äb-\

Medical Definition of obstruct

  1. :  to block or close up by an obstacle <veins obstructed by clots>





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