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

The Asia Internet Coalition, a lobby group that counts Facebook and Google as members, has warned that, as well as hurting civil liberties, the law could also hinder the growth of Vietnam’s digital economy. James Hookway, WSJ, "Facebook on Notice as Vietnam Tightens Grip on Social Media," 9 Jan. 2019 Yet, surprisingly, that didn’t hinder her performance on the slopes. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Paralympic Medalist Amy Purdy Trains to Be a World-Class Snowboarder," 12 Dec. 2018 But certain factors can help (or hinder) your Christmas cactus's potential. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Keep Your Christmas Cactus Blooming the Whole Holiday Season," 27 Nov. 2018 In fact, according to the publication, the rare genetic abnormality can hinder the snake’s ability to catch prey. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Virginia wildlife officials share 'extremely rare' photos of two-headed copperhead snake," 21 Sep. 2018 However, a lack of batteries to store the solar power has hindered growth. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How architects and designers are rebuilding Puerto Rico," 20 Sep. 2018 Which would hinder the West from collecting data in a good way. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 Such a practice can hinder your ability to leave safely and identify yourself in emergency situations. Aria Darcella, Teen Vogue, "Kuwaiti Influencer Sondos Alqattan Is Facing Backlash for Her Comments on Domestic Workers' Rights," 26 July 2018 President Kiir, whose term of office was supposed to end this year, may have hindered prospects for peace negotiations with Mr. Machar when the country’s Parliament voted this week to allow the president to remain in power until 2021. New York Times, "U.N. Imposes Arms Embargo on South Sudan as Atrocities Go Unabated," 13 July 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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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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