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 But there are some common pain points that hinder the effectiveness of talent structure, such as inconsistent frequency of reorganizations. Jennifer Garrard, Forbes, "The Three Pillars Of Engaging Organizational Talent," 6 May 2021 The hazards included poor electrical wiring, a lack of heat, inadequate exits and other code violations that could hinder people’s chances of survival. Cecilia Reyes, chicagotribune.com, "Advocates to Lightfoot: Fatal fires investigation shows Chicago building safety policies need fixing," 29 Apr. 2021 Pawloski has clashed with government officials in the past over coronavirus restrictions, which would hinder his ability to conduct religious services. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Arrest warrant issued for Canadian pastor permitting police do 'anything necessary' to arrest him for restriction violations," 29 Apr. 2021 The audit involved employees from the factory floor to executive suites in an attempt to address institutional bias and issues that may hinder employee performance, company officials confirmed to the Free Press at the time. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Ford's new racial equity director, Angela Henderson, tackles 'elephant in the room'," 29 Apr. 2021 The group is advocating for bills to address shortcomings laid bare during the February power outages across the state and against bills that would hinder their members’ ability to receive voting assistance. James Barragán, Dallas News, "‘Interaction is not happening’: Groups say access to Texas lawmakers more difficult during COVID-19," 26 Apr. 2021 But conservationists say some species like this one could move northward as temperatures get hotter, and if the animals encounter a wall, that could hinder their movement. AZCentral.com, "Trail cameras reveal more than 100 wildlife species along Arizona's southern borderlands," 15 Apr. 2021 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

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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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11 May 2021

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“Hinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 11 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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