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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That disconnect could be impeding progress for students and schools, Orr said. al, "Future of Alabama’s education department to be decided in evaluation," 5 Sep. 2019 The captain of an Iranian supertanker at the center of a diplomatic standoff no longer wants to keep command of the ship, which is in need of repairs that could impede its immediate departure from Gibraltar, the sailor's lawyer said Friday. Fox News, "Captain of Iranian supertanker that's trying to leave Gibraltar 'doesn't want to stay in command,' lawyer says," 16 Aug. 2019 Scott Hovsepian, president of the Massachusetts Coalition of Police, a major law-enforcement union, said that such bans could impede police departments’ efforts to maintain public safety. Sarah Wu,, "Somerville City Council passes facial recognition ban," 27 June 2019 Maryland law bars localities from enacting legislation that impedes the electric company’s work, Eaves noted. Erin B. Logan,, "Proposals to ease development’s impact on Ellicott City flooding draw opposition from industry," 17 Sep. 2019 Students with mental and behavioral health needs struggle to learn, sometimes acting out in ways that impede classmates’ learning. oregonlive, "Oregon will spend big to promote youth mental health at school," 14 Sep. 2019 Be careful not to hang shelves in places that would impede opening doors or windows. Helen Carefoot, Washington Post, "How to display your books when space is tight," 12 Sep. 2019 Uber’s top lawyer pledged that its drivers will remain independent contractors, despite California’s passage of a bill that impedes companies from claiming that workers are not employees. Alexei Koseff,, "Uber: We’ll fight in court to keep drivers as independent contractors," 11 Sep. 2019 Endometriosis, for example, can cause lesions on all of these structures, along with inflammation and scarring that can impede normal fertilization. Natasha Lavender, SELF, "So, Let’s Talk About That Whole Fertility and Age 35 Thing," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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