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


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

Dulos, a professional home builder from Farmington, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have pleaded not guilty to evidence tampering and hindering prosecution, charges connected to her disappearance. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "Fotis Dulos, estranged husband of missing New Canaan mother Jennifer Farber Dulos, attempted to get judge removed from his contentious divorce case," 14 July 2019 Anthony has been charged with hindering the prosecution of a felony, assault and failure to report a shooting. Fox News, "Woman and son charged in connection with Missouri mechanic’s death, police say," 11 July 2019 Fotis and his girlfriend Michelle Tronconis were arrested in early June for tampering with evidence and hindering prosecution in connection to the case. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn slams theory novel is related to missing woman case," 7 July 2019 Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested June 2 on charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution. NBC News, "'Gone Girl' author says it 'sickens' her that a lawyer compared Jennifer Dulos' disappearance to book," 6 July 2019 Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his then-girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, were arrested June 1 and charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution in relation to Jennifer Dulos' May 24 disappearance. Jean Casarez And Jennifer Henderson, CNN, "Police chief predicts more charges in the case of Jennifer Dulos, the missing Connecticut mother," 4 July 2019 The husband, Fotis Dulos, 51, along with his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis, have pleaded not guilty to hindering the prosecution and tampering with evidence. Neil Vigdor, New York Times, "‘Revenge Suicide Hypothesis’ Offered by Lawyer for Estranged Husband of Missing Woman," 2 July 2019 His wife was arrested on suspicion of hindering prosecution and false reporting to law enforcement, the documents state. Chelsea Curtis, azcentral, "50-year-old Mesa man wanted by police discovered hiding in attic," 26 June 2019 Her estranged husband, Fotis Dulos, and his girlfriend pleaded not guilty to charges of evidence tampering and hindering prosecution in her disappearance and were released on bond earlier this month. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Is the missing Jennifer Dulos a ‘Gone Girl’? Husband’s lawyer points to her ‘very dark’ novel," 25 June 2019

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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 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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to complain fretfully

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