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

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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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Put down your phone: The artificial light late at night can interfere with melatonin production. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About OTC Sleep Aids, According to Neurologists," 30 Jan. 2019 Ricardo Ceppi/Getty Images In news that will surprise nobody, Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed that Russian President Vladimir Putin attempted to interfere in the 2018 midterm elections. Rachel Withers, Vox, "Mattis claims Russia attempted to “muck around” in the 2018 midterms," 2 Dec. 2018 His team questioned more than a dozen administration officials, attempting to establish whether Trump was corruptly trying to interfere with investigations into his associates. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The Mueller investigation has gotten closer to Donald Trump," 6 Dec. 2018 The Department of Justice has unsealed a criminal complaint against a Russian national who allegedly attempted to interfere with US elections. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Russian woman charged with managing budget for US election interference plot," 19 Oct. 2018 The foundations actually are notorious for wanting to interfere. Eric Johnson, Recode, "It may be ‘data journalism,’ but Julia Angwin’s new site the Markup is nothing like FiveThirtyEight," 27 Sep. 2018 Mueller and a team of prosecutors have been working since May 2017 to determine if any Trump associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the election. Devlin Barrett And Matt Zapotosky, chicagotribune.com, "12 Russian intelligence officers charged by Mueller in hack of DNC, Clinton emails," 13 July 2018 Mueller and a team of prosecutors have been working since May 2017 to determine if any Trump associates conspired with Russia to interfere in the election. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Mueller indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly conspiring to hack 2016 U.S. presidential election," 13 July 2018 Jammers work by interfering with communications between the operator and the drone. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019

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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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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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