impede

verb
im·pede | \im-ˈpēd \
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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On the other hand, none of that appears to be impeding their growth in size and prominence. Abraham Riesman, Daily Intelligencer, "Can the young activists of IfNotNow change the conversation about Israel and the Palestinians, or will their contradictions hold them back?," 12 July 2018 High humidity is impeding radio transmissions Tuesday among three New Jersey data centers where U.S. stocks trade, according to a note Nasdaq Inc. sent customers. Fortune, "This Heat Wave's So Bad It's Even Slowing Down U.S. Stock Trades," 3 July 2018 At a recent meeting, Indianapolis Cultural Trail Executive Director Kären Haley expressed concern about the scooters potentially impeding traffic. Megan Henry, Indianapolis Star, "Hundreds of electric scooters invade downtown Indianapolis; some rejoice, others scratch their heads," 1 July 2018 By misgendering these transgender women, the JSO disrespects their memory and impedes their own investigations. NBC News, "String of transgender murders could be the work of a serial killer, activists fear," 26 June 2018 Correction: An earlier version of this story claimed the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services was responsible for the brothers' separation and impeded the production of documentaries about the brothers. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Story Of Three Identical Strangers Is Taking Over The Internet," 26 June 2018 Modest excavation tactics may be used to remove mud, sediment, or rocks impeding travel. Joshua Hydeman, National Geographic, "One of the Deepest Caves in the World is Even Bigger Than We Thought," 7 June 2018 Others identify and impede content from Web addresses known to serve ads. Chris Baraniuk, Scientific American, "Where Will the Ad versus Ad Blocker Arms Race End?," 31 May 2018 Positive thinking can actually impede the likelihood of attaining our goals. Adam Sternbergh, The Cut, "Read This Story and Get Happier," 28 May 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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impede

verb

English Language Learners Definition of impede

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

impede

verb
im·pede | \im-ˈpēd \
impeded; impeding

Kids Definition of impede

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

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