im·​pede | \ im-ˈpēd How to pronounce impede (audio) \
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.
Recent Examples on the Web There have always been a few dedicated female artists who have broken through as film directors — usually after prolonged apprenticeships and refusal to be impeded by endless roadblocks. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Women are finally getting the chance to shine in Hollywood. But it's still a battle," 23 Dec. 2019 In the case of Michael, whose learning was impeded by trauma, his angel was Amanda Beck., "Michigan's teachers, counselors experiencing trauma 'on a regular basis'," 13 Dec. 2019 The Wild quickly got their first power-play opportunity as Eric Staal was impeded from advancing along the right boards by Wallmark at the Minnesota blue line. Peter Koutroumpis / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Wild win streak ends in 6-2 loss to Hurricanes," 7 Dec. 2019 Yet the agency had been stopped by the courts, impeded by the White House, and repeatedly warned to back off by members of Congress. Joshua M. Sharfstein, STAT, "Why the FDA was unable to prevent a crisis of vaping among kids," 21 Nov. 2019 But his absence from much of August training camp, when he was impeded by a hip injury that caused him to miss every preseason game, seems to have affected him. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "The Cleveland Browns and possible answers to their 5 most important long-term issues," 5 Nov. 2019 Back in the days of hard borders, trade between North and South was impeded. David Keyton, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Irish border residents worry about future if no-deal Brexit," 9 Oct. 2019 Unfortunately, Miller’s second-year growth has been impeded for much of the year by injuries. Dan Wiederer,, "Sunday storylines: Anthony Miller’s restlessness, Eddy Pineiro’s range and the takeaway task for the Bears defense," 12 Sep. 2019 Eastbound lanes were not impeded but gawkers caused traffic to slow and led to many near misses. Michael Cabanatuan,, "I-80 reopens after chicken truck crash shut down westbound lanes in San Pablo," 5 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of impede was circa 1595

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27 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Impede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce impede (audio) \
impeded; impeding

Kids Definition of impede

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

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