verb hin·der \ ˈhin-dər \
Updated on: 4 Jan 2018

Definition of hinder

hindered; hindering play \ˈhin-d(ə-)riŋ\
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


play \ˈhin-dər-ər\ noun

Examples of hinder in a Sentence

  1. The witness refused to cooperate, hindering the investigation.

  2. The country's economic growth is being hindered by the sanctions.

  3. It's not clear whether the change will help or hinder our project.

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Origin and Etymology of hinder

Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; akin to Old English hinder behind

Synonym Discussion of hinder

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



adjective hind·er \ ˈhīn-dər \

Definition of hinder

: situated behind or in the rear : posterior
  • a long oval forward part and a taillike hinder portion
  • —R. E. Coker

Examples of hinder in a Sentence

  1. the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts

Origin and Etymology of hinder

Middle English, from Old English hinder, adverb — see 1hinder

hinder Synonyms

aft, after, hind, back, hindmost, posterior, rear, rearward
anterior, fore, forward, front, frontal
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verb hin·der \ ˈhin-dər \

Definition of hinder for Students

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

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to cause to suffer severely from hunger

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