Definition of interfere
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
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
Recent Examples of interfere from the Web
Comey, who succeeded Mueller as the FBI’s chief in 2013, reportedly met with him earlier this week in preparation for the committee hearing to ensure his testimony would not interfere with Mueller’s inquiry.
Its fighters are mainly locals and well-disciplined, and the few foreign fighters including Afghans and Chinese don’t interfere in residents’ affairs, unlike the foreign jihadis of IS.
Macron's aides claimed in February that Russian groups were interfering with his campaign, and a document leak hit Macron's campaign in the final hours of the French race.
The question of Russian sanctions has been raised by a number of senators in both parties after the intelligence community announced in January its conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election on behalf of President Donald Trump.
But Russia is a nuclear power, and is working to destabilize the West by interfering in our elections.
Police Chief James Dobson wrote a scathing five-page memo, accusing Riley of threatening officers, interfering in red-light camera hearings and failing to cooperate in a hit-and-run accident,.
Mr. Cohen was named in connection with Russian efforts to interfere in the election in an unverified dossier, paid for by Mr. Trump’s political opponents and compiled by a former British intelligence agent.
But new administrations are generally cautious in their handling of interactions with Moscow, which U.S. intelligence agencies have accused of waging an unprecedented campaign to interfere in last year’s presidential race and help elect Trump.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of interfere
INTERFERE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of interfere for English Language Learners
: to become involved in the activities and concerns of other people when your involvement is not wanted
INTERFERE Defined for Kids
Definition of interfere for Students
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.
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
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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