hinder

verb
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

hinder

adjective
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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Verb

hinderer \ ˈhin-​dər-​ər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \ noun

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Verb

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 Airlines and unions are again pushing for more aid when funding runs out, citing a still-depressed travel industry and growing travel restrictions that could further hinder demand for flying. Dallas News, "American Airlines furloughs could include more than 2,700 in North Texas," 12 Feb. 2021 Evictions in the state can snowball from charges to warrants to arrests to jail time, leaving people with criminal records that hinder their ability to find a new home or get a job. Maya Miller, ProPublica, "A State Prosecutor Was Fired for Speaking Out Against Jail Time for People Who Fall Behind on Rent," 27 Nov. 2020 The stakes for the county and economy were amplified Friday morning by the release of the government's jobs report for January, which showed that hiring had stalled to a pace that could hinder a return to full employment for several years. Josh Boak, ajc, "Biden wants fast COVID aid, but minimum wage hike in doubt," 5 Feb. 2021 The stakes for the county and economy were amplified Friday morning by the release of the government's jobs report for January, which showed that hiring had stalled to a pace that could hinder a return to full employment for several years. Josh Boak, Star Tribune, "Biden wants fast COVID aid, but minimum wage hike in doubt," 5 Feb. 2021 Around 10 months after the Trump administration was first warned that P.P.E. shortfalls could hinder its ability to corral the virus, the lack of basic equipment was still endangering Americans. Doug Bock Clark, New York Times, "Inside the Chaotic, Cutthroat Gray Market for N95 Masks," 17 Nov. 2020 Such a move could hinder the breadth of what Democrats, who have a narrow majority in both chambers and Ralph Northam in the governor’s mansion, are able to address. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Plasma shortage, fight club, pen pal programs: News from around our 50 states," 17 Nov. 2020 Health advocates worry that increasing doubts about Covid vaccines could hinder the rollout. James Paton, Bloomberg.com, "Moderna, Pfizer Shots Look Strong. Here’s How They Stack Up," 16 Nov. 2020 President-elect Joe Biden said delays in his presidential transition could hinder the federal government response to the coronavirus pandemic. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "Biden Says Delayed Transition Could Affect Coronavirus Response," 16 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of hinder

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hinder

Verb

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

Adjective

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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Last Updated

28 Feb 2021

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“Hinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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hinder

verb

English Language Learners Definition of hinder

: to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult

hinder

verb
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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