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

Other Words from hinder


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
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In his video address to the nation on Saturday evening, Mr. Zelensky said Russia was losing military hardware and arms at a rate that would seriously hinder its advance in Ukraine’s east. Matthew Luxmoore, WSJ, 1 May 2022 David Dimmock, an expert in metabolic diseases at Children's, was sure the baby had some kind of urea cycle disorder, a group of conditions that hinder removal of ammonia from the blood. Mark Johnson, jsonline.com, 29 Apr. 2022 The groups often have significant sway among liberal legislative Democrats, the kind of influence that could hinder Newsom’s hopes for a new law to be in place by July 1. Hannah Wileystaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Apr. 2022 In reality, security camera images can be grainy, low quality, from odd angles, and suffer from lighting issues that hinder a good match. Khari Johnson, Wired, 7 Mar. 2022 In martial arts, the master will sit quietly at the start of the training, mediating to clear the mind of all the extraneous thoughts that hinder the teaching process. Greg Story, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 Fortune Western sanctions will ratchet up significantly today, with the U.S. and Europe likely to sanction large Russian banks and hit Russia with technology export bans that could hinder its development. David Meyer, Fortune, 24 Feb. 2022 Lucrative pickers, for example, were placed in marriages that would not hinder their service. Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 19 Feb. 2022 Supporters of the protesters, some of them truckers, argued that an order would disrupt their right to peacefully protest vaccine mandates that hinder their ability to earn a living. NBC News, 12 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Hinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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