im·​pede | \im-ˈpēd \
impeded; impeding

Definition of impede 

transitive verb

: to interfere with or slow the progress of

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Other Words from impede

impeder 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 impede in a Sentence

He claims that economic growth is being impeded by government regulations. The soldiers could not impede the enemy's advance.

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The new 311 line will allow those callers to directly contact dispatchers without potentially impeding response time for residents in emergency situations. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Police: Call this number instead of 911 for 4th of July fireworks," 4 July 2018 But in recent years, lawmakers in Trenton have argued that the commission does more harm than good by impeding hiring and limiting the economic impact of the shipping industry. Patrick Mcgeehan, New York Times, "Judge Blocks New Jersey From Backing Out of Waterfront Commission," 4 June 2018 Two of the lawsuits accused Verma of impeding female scientists’ career advancement at Salk. Meredith Wadman, Science | AAAS, "Accused cancer scientist resigns as editor of prestigious journal," 2 May 2018 Frisco Police Officer Radd Rotello told the Dallas Morning News that Irving was under investigation over claims of assault with bodily injury, assault by impeding breath and unlawful restraint. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Dallas Cowboys' David Irving under investigation over domestic violence allegations," 23 Apr. 2018 Reversing Obama Trump has said that transgender forces impede military readiness and impose a financial burden on taxpayers., "Trump's Military Trans Ban Same as Before, Judge Says," 14 Apr. 2018 One hears that some bikes are operated and parked with the care of a runaway toddler, impeding (and endangering) pedestrians while frustrating merchants for whom free-flowing sidewalks are lifelines. Logan Jenkins,, "Great bike bloom is a performance art form," 5 Apr. 2018 Democrats also say the committee should probe whether the president sought to obstruct justice by impeding the Mueller probe — something Republicans have maintained is outside the committee’s agreed-upon scope of inquiry. Mike Memoli, NBC News, "Democrats issue rebuttal to GOP ‘capitulation’ report on Russia," 13 Mar. 2018 Yet the standard chassis setup is a better fit for the car’s GT comportment and feels more natural without impeding the LC’s tactility. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2018 Lexus LC," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of impede

circa 1595, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for impede

Latin impedire, from in- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot

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English Language Learners Definition of impede

: to slow the movement, progress, or action of (someone or something)


im·​pede | \im-ˈpēd \
impeded; impeding

Kids Definition of impede

: to interfere with the movement or progress of A snowstorm impeded his journey.

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