interfere

verb
in·​ter·​fere | \ ˌin-tər-ˈfir How to pronounce interfere (audio) , ˌin-tə-\
interfered; interfering

Definition of interfere

intransitive verb

1 : to interpose in a way that hinders or impedes : come into collision or be in opposition
2 : to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running used especially of horses
3 : to enter into or take a part in the concerns of others
4 : to act reciprocally so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another used of waves

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Other Words from interfere

interferer noun

Choose the Right Synonym for interfere

interpose, interfere, intervene, mediate, intercede mean to come or go between. interpose often implies no more than this. interposed herself between him and the door interfere implies hindering. noise interfered with my concentration intervene may imply an occurring in space or time between two things or a stepping in to stop a conflict. quarreled until the manager intervened mediate implies intervening between hostile factions. mediated between the parties intercede implies acting for an offender in begging mercy or forgiveness. interceded on our behalf

Examples of interfere in a Sentence

I tried to offer advice without interfering. a strong resentment of outsiders who attempted to interfere with their traditional ways of doing things

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The swings don't interfere with other scientific uses of GPS. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "NASA overcomes military's GPS tweaks to peer inside hurricanes," 12 June 2019 But in recent years, China has been increasingly interfering with the city. Elizabeth Lawrence, USA TODAY, "If Hong Kong extradition bill passes, what will happen?," 11 June 2019 Sickness, accidents, etc. can interfere with future planning. Michelle Singletary, Washington Post, "Here’s what people think about retiring early and Trump’s tariff threats dragging down stocks," 6 June 2019 In addition, Carnival interfered with the court's supervision of its probation by sending undisclosed teams to ships to prepare them for the independent inspections. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Carnival Cruise Lines paid $40 million for polluting and trying to cover it up. Now it has to cough up another $20 million for violating its probation," 5 June 2019 But many current solutions for dealing with drones could interfere with regular air traffic, including GPS jamming systems like those developed for the military. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "I’ll be drone for Christmas: London airport closed for day by drone harassment," 20 Dec. 2018 But the tricky part is that nerves can interfere with this arousal process, and you and your partner could get aroused at different speeds. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "14 Things No One Tells You About Losing Your Virginity," 22 Aug. 2018 According to the indictment, the defendants, who are all members of the Russian intelligence arm GRU, attempted to interfere with the 2016 election by spear phishing volunteers and employees working for Hillary Clinton's campaign. CBS News, "Why Russians indicted for hacking may never see the inside of a U.S. courtroom," 13 July 2018 Or put a blanket or towel between your skin and the ground; natural fibers such as cotton and wool do not interfere with grounding. Carrie Dennett, chicagotribune.com, "Could walking barefoot on grass improve your health? Some science suggests it can.," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of interfere

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for interfere

Middle English enterferen, from Anglo-French (s')entreferir to strike one another, from entre- inter- + ferir to strike, from Latin ferire — more at bore

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More Definitions for interfere

interfere

verb

English Language Learners Definition of interfere

: to become involved in the activities and concerns of other people when your involvement is not wanted

interfere

verb
in·​ter·​fere | \ ˌin-tər-ˈfir How to pronounce interfere (audio) \
interfered; interfering

Kids Definition of interfere

1 : to get in the way of as an obstacle Hills interfere with the radio signal.
2 : to become involved in the concerns of others when such involvement is not wanted Stop interfering in my private matters.

interfere

intransitive verb
in·​ter·​fere | \ ˌint-ə(r)-ˈfi(ə)r How to pronounce interfere (audio) \
interfered; interfering

Medical Definition of interfere

1 : to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running used especially of horses
2 : to act reciprocally so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another used of waves
3 : to be inconsistent with and disturb the performance of previously learned behavior

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interfere

intransitive verb
in·​ter·​fere
interfered; interfering

Legal Definition of interfere

1 : to act in a way that impedes or obstructs others
2 : to enter into the concerns of others

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