hinder

verb
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

hinder

adjective
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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Verb

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

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Verb

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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In roughly a third of the ocean, iron is so rare that its absence can hinder the growth of diatoms and other phytoplankton. Emily Underwood, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Complicated Role of Iron in Ocean Health and Climate Change," 6 Jan. 2020 There is a lot to be said for business making the case for why this is helpful for companies, that it hasn’t hindered or hurt or caused an undue cost,’’ said Anna Walker, Levi Strauss's vice president of public affairs. USA Today, "America's parents want paid family leave and affordable child care. Why can't they get it?," 3 Dec. 2019 Optimists think that strife and chaos in Brasília will not hinder reforms, and might even help. The Economist, "The strange passivity of Jair Bolsonaro," 23 Nov. 2019 The punishment was exacerbated by the NCAA’s belief that the school hindered its investigation. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football star Chase Young’s eligibility issue: NCAA bylaws and precedent," 8 Nov. 2019 The good news for the Pro Bowl defensive end is that the injury will not hinder his ability to shoot 50 more commercials during the offseason.. Kevin Cusick, Twin Cities, "The Loop NFL Picks: Week 9," 29 Oct. 2019 Some observers might conclude that oil and gas companies’ limited investments to date in low-carbon technology and business ventures are hindering this transition. Daniel Sperling, The Conversation, "Oil companies are thinking about a low-carbon future, but aren’t making big investments in it yet," 23 Oct. 2019 Airport spokesman Crystal Feldman said Sunday night that the dense woods and darkness hindered initial phases of the search, which included helicopters scanning for signs of heat coming from the wreck. Jonathan Drew, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2 bodies found in plane wreckage near North Carolina airport," 21 Oct. 2019 Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall acknowledged that a staffing shortage hinders her agency’s ability to run SMCI and the state’s other prisons. Jerry Mitchell, ProPublica, "Inside The Prison Where Inmates Set Each Other On Fire and Gangs Have More Power Than Guards," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of hinder

Verb

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

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hinder

Verb

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

Adjective

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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Last Updated

17 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hinder.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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hinder

verb
How to pronounce hinder (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of hinder

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

hinder

verb
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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