hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering\ ˈhin-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hindering (audio) \

Definition of hinder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make slow or difficult the progress of : hamper Their journey was hindered by snow and high winds. economic growth hindered by sanctions
2 : to hold back : prevent, check His financial troubles hindered him from buying a home.

intransitive verb

: to delay, impede, or prevent action uncertain whether the changes would help or hinder


hind·​er | \ ˈhīn-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \

Definition of hinder (Entry 2 of 2)

: situated behind or in the rear : posterior a long oval forward part and a taillike hinder portion— R. E. Coker

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hinderer \ ˈhin-​dər-​ər How to pronounce hinderer (audio) \ noun

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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

Examples of hinder in a Sentence

Verb The witness refused to cooperate, hindering the investigation. The country's economic growth is being hindered by the sanctions. It's not clear whether the change will help or hinder our project. Adjective the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts
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First Known Use of hinder


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hinder


Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; akin to Old English hinder behind


Middle English, from Old English hinder, adverb — see hinder entry 1

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The first known use of hinder was before the 12th century

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14 Feb 2020

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“Hinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hinder

: to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult


hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering

Kids Definition of hinder

: to make slow or difficult Snow and high winds hindered our progress.

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