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
Examples of block in a Sentence
a wall built out of concrete blocks
We took a walk around the block.
She lived on our block.
The store is three blocks down on the right. Verb
There's an accident blocking the road.
The entrance was blocked by a gate.
Blood clots have completely blocked one of his arteries.
The protesters blocked the road with parked vehicles.
The ambulance was blocked by cars in the road.
An accident was blocking traffic.
Could you move to the left, please. You're blocking my light.
a shield that blocks the wind
Several senators are trying to block the passage of the bill.
His vote blocked the treaty. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The power of this fire, despite the fact that the local lakes were still frozen, that there were car-sized blocks of ice on the Athabasca River while this fire was raging around it.—Chris Klimek, Smithsonian Magazine, 30 Nov. 2023 Police said the vehicle was found about 4:10 p.m. in the 1000 block of 15th St SE, about one mile south of Lincoln Park and two blocks from the Potomac Avenue Metro station.—Peter Hermann, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 In the north, residents described entire residential blocks as leveled in Gaza City and surrounding areas.—Democrat-Gazette Staff From Wire Reports, arkansasonline.com, 30 Nov. 2023 Two kids on the street notice the bus a couple blocks away from Washington Square Park and scream out TaTa’s name.—Andre Gee, Rolling Stone, 29 Nov. 2023 The spokesperson said the car was recovered at the 1000 block of 15th St NE at around 4:10 p.m.
A spokesperson for the FBI confirmed to Fox News Digital that an employee at the agency was carjacked.—Adam Sabes, Fox News, 29 Nov. 2023 The blast was so strong that it was felt at the fire house five to six blocks away from the auto shop, said Manning.—Natalie Kainz, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 The Austin Police Department in Austin, Texas, received a call to make an urgent welfare check on Saturday, Nov. 18 at approximately 9:17 p.m. to the 3500 block of Rogge Lane after a man was reported to have sustained serious injuries, police said.—Jon Haworth, ABC News, 29 Nov. 2023 Police responded to a call Friday morning from the 4400 block of Tall Knight Lane, concerning a man who told officers his wife had stabbed him.—Bradford Betz, Fox News, 19 Nov. 2023
Just last month, the Supreme Court rejected Florida’s request to enforce its drag law after a lower court blocked the measure statewide.—Matt Lavietes, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 Republicans blocked that effort and instead referred the matter to the Ethics Committee.—Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 1 Dec. 2023 Citibank scrutinized many Armenian Americans’ credit card applications, requiring additional information, blocking their accounts or simply denying them, according to the CFPB’s order.—Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 30 Nov. 2023 This is why Garcia and Goldman dared Republicans to try to block or table their resolution to expel Santos.—Chad Pergram, Fox News, 30 Nov. 2023 According to the group, Meta is partially blocking the use of Facebook and Instagram until users have selected one option or the other—considered an aggressive practice under European consumer law.—Emma Woollacott, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The restraining order blocks Oates from completing his sale to Primary Wave until February, or until an arbitrator can decide whether to impose a similar restraining order.—Jem Aswad, Variety, 30 Nov. 2023 While shot-making has held the Lakers back throughout the season, their defensive focus was turned up a notch Wednesday, the team blocking 10 shots.—Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 30 Nov. 2023 Meta has already blocked all links to news content in Canada on Facebook and Instagram since August to avoid making payments.—Randy Thanthong-Knight, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English blok, from Middle French & Middle Dutch; Middle French bloc, from Middle Dutch blok; akin to Old High German bloh block