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


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.


the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts
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Christopher Costello, 29, faces retrial in July after a jury deadlocked on a charge of aggravated manslaughter in the death of DuBois and convicted him of hindering prosecution and desecration of human remains. Jan Hefler, Philly.com, "Burlington County man gets 15 years for fatal baseball bat beating," 1 June 2018 Police arrested 29-year-old David Tiapula and 27-year-old Ann Tiapula on charges of first-degree hindering prosecution. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "4 charged with hiding suspect in brutal beating of man shoved into dog kennel," 1 June 2018 Both have addresses listed in Camden, Mo. Barreto faces 29 charges of child abuse or neglect, while Holloway is charged with 22 counts of child abuse or neglect and one count of hindering prosecution of a felony. Kaitlyn Schwers, kansascity, "Child struck with ax: Dozens of abuse charges filed against Ray Co. couple | The Kansas City Star," 13 Mar. 2018 An investigation later revealed that Harding was involved in this plot to take out her rival, and she was convicted of hindering prosecution and banned from figure skating. Maura Sullivan Hill, Cosmopolitan, "10 of the Biggest Figure Skating Controversies of All Time," 7 Feb. 2018 With more than 20 years in the fashion industry, Angela Dean, Kevan Hall, and TJ Walker continue to see a lack of support for black designers, which in turn hinders careers and erases the history of those who have made contributions. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Black Design Collective Pays Tribute to Costume Designer Ruth E. Carter," 12 Apr. 2019 In Libya, where a dispute over control of key ports has hindered output, the Arabian Gulf Oil Co. on Saturday halted 220,000 barrels a day of production, according to a person familiar with the outage. Bloomberg, Fortune, "U.S. Backs Off Trump's Tweet on Saudis Helping Lower Oil Price," 1 July 2018 Also, avoid binge-watching, which has been shown to hinder sleep. Sarah Richards, Woman's Day, "Quiet Your Mind in Anxious Times With These Expert Tricks," 14 Aug. 2018 The programs launching in this northern Indiana area are just a small step toward tackling the fundamental problem of food insecurity and poverty that hinders student success across the U.S. Teen Vogue, "Food Insecurity Among American Public School Students Requires Aid Beyond Free Lunch Programs," 16 Apr. 2019

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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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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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