impede

verb im·pede \ im-ˈpēd \

Definition of impede

impeded; impeding
transitive verb
:to interfere with or slow the progress of

impeder

noun

Examples of impede in a Sentence

  1. He claims that economic growth is being impeded by government regulations.

  2. The soldiers could not impede the enemy's advance.

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Origin and Etymology of impede

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

Synonym Discussion of impede

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

IMPEDE Defined for English Language Learners

impede

verb

Definition of impede for English Language Learners

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


IMPEDE Defined for Kids

impede

verb im·pede \ im-ˈpēd \

Definition of impede for Students

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


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