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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Other areas are impeded by soft ground that can cause ruts and damage to the turf. James Krause, Naperville Sun, "Heavy May rain has put Naperville Park District behind on mowing, closed some forest preserve sites," 7 June 2019 My perspective is informed by prior executive service at one such company. Marshaling the support needed for successfully launching a next-gen product or service now, however, is impeded by the folly of Theranos. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Theranos compromised an entire technology segment," 5 June 2019 The researchers found that the longer the river is, the greater the likelihood of it being impeded. Stefan Lovgren, National Geographic, "Two-thirds of the longest rivers no longer flow freely—and it's harming us," 8 May 2019 Although the main focus of the ominous images is the impeding combat, some GoT fans got hooked on a smaller detail. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Is That a Face Behind Sansa Stark in the New Game of Thrones Photos?," 26 Apr. 2019 Currently, a lack of snow in Sweden is impeding reindeer migrations there. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The Arctic has lost 2.6 million reindeer over the past 20 years," 11 Dec. 2018 In Folsom, however, the state board isn't taking any steps to impede the development south of 50. Ryan Sabalow, Dale Kasler And Tony Bizjak, sacbee, "They are building 11,000 new homes in Folsom. But will there be enough water?," 18 June 2018 Trump’s rejection of the deal has rattled allies and raised questions at home about whether protectionism will impede US economic growth. Ken Thomas And Kevin Freking,, "Lawmakers say Trump exploring rejoining Pacific trade talks," 12 Apr. 2018 Chlorosis will be more pronounced on birches when they are planted in heavy clay, compacted soil and/or high-pH soils, which impede the tree from absorbing iron and manganese. Tim Johnson,, "Lack of chlorophyll may be culprit behind tree's yellow leaves," 3 Apr. 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 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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