hinder

verb
hin·​der | \ˈhin-dər \
hindered; hindering\ ˈhin-​d(ə-​)riŋ \

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 \

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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Other Words from hinder

Verb

hinderer \ ˈhin-​dər-​ər \ 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

Johnson was ultimately arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and hindering police. Uriel J. Garcia, azcentral, "Charges dropped against Robert Johnson, man brutally beaten by Mesa police," 14 June 2018 Hutton turns out to be a perfect bit of stunt casting: Her history, as a model ultimately helped and not hindered by the gap in her front teeth, complements Pretty's core theme of owning one's groove and individual beauty. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Review: Amy Schumer's 'I Feel Pretty' is a Cinderella rewrite on confidence," 18 Apr. 2018 Since then, heavy rains continued to flood the cave, hindering divers’ efforts to reach the group, despite the operation to pump out the water. New York Times, "Soccer Team Is Found Alive in Thailand Cave Rescue," 2 July 2018 There are also features of our food environments that can hinder weight loss efforts. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 Afghanistan’s financial crisis has also hindered efforts to expand infrastructure and train teachers. Abigail Abrams, Time, "Why So Many Afghan Girls Are No Longer at School," 7 June 2018 When the Wabe Shebelle river in southeast Ethiopia flooded in 2006, Reuters reported, government boats came under attack, hindering relief and rescue efforts. Avi Selk, chicagotribune.com, "Pastor killed by crocodile while performing a baptism in an Ethiopian lake," 5 June 2018 There's a lot of debate over whether artificially sweetened diet drinks help or hinder weight-loss efforts. Molly Kimball, NOLA.com, "Cutting back on sugar? A guide to sweetener choices," 8 May 2018 Lehenbaur said the wind has been changing direction, hindering firefighting efforts. CBS News, "Oklahoma wildfires: Hundreds evacuate, 120,000 acres burned, officials say," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for hinder

hinder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hinder

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

hinder

verb
hin·​der | \ˈhin-dər \
hindered; hindering

Kids Definition of hinder

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

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