Definition of impede
: to interfere with or slow the progress of
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.
Origin and Etymology of impede
Latin impedire, from in- + ped-, pes foot — more at foot
First Known Use: circa 1595
Synonym Discussion of impede
IMPEDE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of impede for English Language Learners
: to slow the movement, progress, or action of (someone or something)
IMPEDE Defined for Kids
Definition of impede for Students
: to interfere with the movement or progress of A snowstorm impeded his journey.
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