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 In others, the states have rules in place that impede summer visitors. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Atlantic beach towns brace for summer vacationers — but know it won't be the same," 19 May 2020 The deal ends a political crisis that impeded efforts to end the country’s long war. Isabella Kwai, New York Times, "Coronavirus Clusters, Latin America, Sweden: Your Monday Briefing," 18 May 2020 Pediatricians at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville told The Courier Journal the condition causes extreme inflammation of the blood vessels throughout the body that can impede the flow of blood and prove fatal. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky 10-year-old battling COVID-19 syndrome progresses off ventilator," 13 May 2020 But Paxton, a Republican, contends that the disability clause does not include fear of contracting an illness, only an actual illness or disability that would impede a person from voting in person. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Dallas activist seeks investigation into Attorney General Ken Paxton for mail ballot comments," 11 May 2020 More pernicious are the clots that impede blood flow in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing. Jason Gale, Fortune, "Doctors warn of emerging COVID-19 symptom: dangerous blood clots," 5 May 2020 As this Vice article explains, the PDL doesn’t sprain the way a ligament in, say, your ankle can—by tearing or stretching in a way that impedes its ability to connect one bone to another. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "You can totally sprain your teeth (and you’ve probably done it before)," 29 Apr. 2020 Administrators too have brushed away the rules that might impede this research program, signing off on testing tools without the normal vetting process. Christie Aschwanden, Wired, "Stop Getting So Excited About ‘Preliminary’ Findings," 24 Apr. 2020 Drugs that impede the virus or modulate the immune system are being studied across the country. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Why It’s Important Not to Drink Bleach," 24 Apr. 2020

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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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22 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Impede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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