impede

verb
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.

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Congress started an antitrust investigation into how the biggest tech companies have harmed consumers and impeded competition. Cecilia Kang, New York Times, "F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion," 12 July 2019 Zoning is another problem impeding the development of more tiny homes. Carina Julig, The Denver Post, "Tiny homes as affordable and alternative housing gain in popularity. Colorado is at forefront of the movement.," 5 July 2019 But for you – these gatherings may throw you off your game and impede your performance at work. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, "Tired mom wants to skip teen years," 3 July 2019 But for you -- these gatherings may throw you off your game and impede your performance at work. Dear Abby, oregonlive.com, "Ask Amy: Mom is exhausted and wants to skip parenting her third teen," 3 July 2019 But for you, these gatherings may throw you off your game and impede your performance at work. Amy Dickinson, The Mercury News, "Ask Amy: Single mom with mouthy teen is ready to abandon parenting," 3 July 2019 Research suggests that some microbial strains in topical probiotics can improve the skin’s protective mechanisms, impede inflammation, and inhibit the P. acnes bacteria that causes breakouts. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "5 Signs You're Dealing with Hormonal Acne—and How to Treat It," 2 July 2019 Second, there are many structural and societal issues impeding women from rising to the top of the national security field. Alex Ward, Vox, "15 Democratic candidates pledge to seek gender parity in their national security teams," 26 June 2019 The tariffs would likely cause consumers and small businesses to hold onto their existing laptops for even longer, impeding sales from U.S. PC makers like Dell and HP. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Trump tariffs on Chinese goods could cost you $120 more for notebook PCs, say Dell, HP and CTA," 20 June 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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impede

verb

English Language Learners Definition of impede

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

impede

verb
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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