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


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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hinderer \ˈhin-dər-ər \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Other applicants in limbo say their transgender status rarely hinders them in civilian life. Dave Philipps, BostonGlobe.com, "Instead of a ban, transgender military recruits hit red tape," 6 July 2018 Other applicants now in limbo say their transgender status rarely hinders them in civilian life. New York Times, "Ban Was Lifted, but Transgender Recruits Still Can’t Join Up," 5 July 2018 But the movie overstays its welcome and loses its drive, in a way that winds up hindering it in the end. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Leto, directed by an outspoken Putin critic, is a tribute to the Soviet underground rock scene," 11 May 2018 In fact, in the hands of a skillful prosecutor, a pardon could actually advance an investigation rather than hinder it, legal experts say. Warren Richey, The Christian Science Monitor, "Can Trump counter Mueller by handing out pardons?," 24 Apr. 2018 Going small has helped the Cavs on offense but hindered them on defense. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Pacers vs. Cavs NBA Playoffs 2018: What to watch in Game 4," 22 Apr. 2018 This condition will need continued care and medication for dry eye but will not hinder her from living her best life. azcentral, "Rescue one of these shelter pets this week in Phoenix area," 13 Apr. 2018 But approaching every new twist and turn with roughly the same verve doesn’t help the public’s understanding of these issues, and may hinder it. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "If Everything Is a Russia Bombshell, Nothing Is," 9 Apr. 2018 Harris County's recovery from Hurricane Harvey may hinge on receiving aid from the state, but Gov. Greg Abbott's reluctance to tap into the Rainy Day Fund is hindering it, Harris County judge Ed Emmett said. Mayra Cruz, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County's recovery from Harvey may hinge on state funds," 5 Apr. 2018

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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 \
hindered; hindering

Kids Definition of hinder

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

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