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 Unfortunately, experts say, people may turn to activities during the pandemic that seem to help, but actually hinder their ability to fall and stay asleep. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "10 common mistakes in fighting 'coronasomnia' -- the inability to fall and stay asleep," 14 Mar. 2021 That ability to someday be an everyday major league player might actually hinder his ability to be on the MLB team when camp breaks, Woodward said. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "While Leody Taveras appears to be the guy, many questions still surround Rangers’ CF position," 1 Mar. 2021 The new limits on considering scientific findings were among scores of Trump changes to roll back environmental regulations or hinder the ability of the Biden administration to impose new regulations. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "Judge blocks Trump administration rule to limit health studies in EPA regulations," 30 Jan. 2021 The new limits on considering scientific findings were among scores of Trump changes to roll back environmental regulations or hinder the ability of the Biden administration to impose new regulations. Matthew Daly, ajc, "Judge blocks Trump rule to limit health studies in EPA regs," 29 Jan. 2021 Such a move would allow IAEA inspectors to remain in Iran but would hinder their ability to verify whether its nuclear program is peaceful, experts say, and is likely to draw international condemnation. Washington Post, "Europe sees a narrow window for Biden to revive Iranian nuclear deal," 17 Jan. 2021 Because anything the Congress would do would have limited influence on global companies, Congress must make taxes and restrictions strong enough to hinder bad behavior overall and force these companies to alter their defining practices and design. Siva Vaidhyanathan, The New Republic, "Making Sense of the Facebook Menace," 5 Jan. 2021 But along the way, experts say the logistical challenges of the biggest vaccination campaign in U.S. history and public fear and misinformation could hinder the effort and kick the end of the pandemic further down the road. Candice Choi, chicagotribune.com, "Despite the expected arrival of COVID-19 vaccines, it could be well into 2021 before things get back to something close to normal," 24 Nov. 2020 The long-ago divisions also created turf lines that may hinder some hospitals’ ability to attract minority patients. BostonGlobe.com, "Color line persists, in sickness as in health," 12 Dec. 2017

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