hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering\ ˈhin-​d(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce hinder (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 hinder (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

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 Facebook collects user data and tracks them via third-party apps and services, a practice that iOS 14.5 might hinder going forward. Chris Smith, BGR, "Tim Cook told Mark Zuckerberg how to fix Facebook, but Zuckerberg ignored him," 26 Apr. 2021 Additionally, dozens of Illinois health care facilities are located in flood plains, which may hinder access to care during floods. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "‘If you want a scary story:’ Agriculture, human health and ecosystems at risk as Illinois’ climate is quickly changing, report shows.," 20 Apr. 2021 The question for me is whether—during this transition period—the politics of free riding help or hinder Biden’s attempt to forge a stronger pro-decarbonization coalition. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: An Outdated Idea Is Still Shaping Climate Policy," 20 Apr. 2021 The goal is to not just extend women’s fertility, but also hinder the health issues that coincide with the onset of menopause. Beth Kowitt, Fortune, "This biotech startup thinks it can delay menopause by 15 years. That would transform women’s lives," 19 Apr. 2021 Pack two masks since, according to the CDC, a wet mask is less effective and can hinder breathing. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "How to plan a safe trip to the swimming pool," 13 Apr. 2021 The Pentagon is touting holistic medical solutions and flexibility for transgender service members, but some conservative military observers believe the Defense Department is not doing enough to ensure its approach will not hinder operations. Abraham Mahshie, Washington Examiner, "Military touts 'wonderful teams' of doctors for transgender troops, but combat concerns remain," 2 Apr. 2021 And Moderna is hoping to win regulatory approval to increase the number of doses in each vial by at least 40 percent, although shortages of specialized syringes might hinder that plan. New York Times, "For Biden, a New Virus Dilemma: How to Handle a Looming Glut of Vaccine," 26 Mar. 2021 DeSalvo and Julie Willems Van Dijk, the DHS deputy secretary, defended the state's handling of data detailing COVID-19 deaths and said the lack of data did not hinder the state's response. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin officials still working to identify where COVID-19 victims from 'unknown' housing settings were living," 25 Mar. 2021

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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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The first known use of hinder was before the 12th century

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29 Apr 2021

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“Hinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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