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 Last night, the House Republican leader openly threatened subpoenaed parties to undermine and impede the historic probe into January 6. Arkansas Online, 2 Sep. 2021 Punishment also is being boosted for protesters who block roadways and impede emergency vehicles. John Gravois, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2021 Aerosol optical depth, a measure of the degree to which smog and dust impede radiant heat, was also lower., 25 Aug. 2021 But that resource wasn’t as readily available because of concerns from several Great Lakes states that lowering the lake too much would create hazardous conditions on the river and impede commercial navigation. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 20 Aug. 2021 Only Jackman and George are charged with theft of government property for allegedly stealing the flag, while only George and Nathaniel Tuck are charged with attempting to obstruct or impede with law enforcement, records show. Grace Toohey,, 5 Aug. 2021 There can be tension between the two roles if cybersecurity requirements slow down or impede a technology project overseen by the CIO, said Michael Piacente, co-founder and managing partner at Hitch Partners. Catherine Stupp, WSJ, 29 July 2021 Astronomers have objected, fearing that the night sky could be filled with artificial light, which would impede important observations of the solar system and the tracking of asteroids headed toward Earth. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2021 Debunking the Marxist myth that sanctions impede Cuban development would be a good place to start. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 25 July 2021

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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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20 Sep 2021

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“Impede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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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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