interfere

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

Definition of interfere

intransitive verb

1 : to enter into or take a part in the concerns of others
2 : to interpose in a way that hinders or impedes : come into collision or be in opposition
3 : to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running used especially of horses
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
Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s campaign tacitly engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government to interfere with the election. CNN, 20 Oct. 2021 The Supreme Court has allowed a state law to stand that deputizes citizens, anyone, to proclaim themselves in a position to have a right under law to interfere with those choices that that woman has made. ABC News, 17 Oct. 2021 If tics are severe enough to interfere with a child’s daily life, try to get an appointment with a doctor who specializes in pediatric movement disorders. WSJ, 16 Oct. 2021 The feud with city hall escalated in September when Acevedo penned a memo to the city’s top leaders accusing commissioners of trying to interfere with an internal affairs investigation. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2021 The rule also states that a runner can't do anything intentional to try to interfere with a throw. Matt Young, Chron, 11 Oct. 2021 The New York Times has also reported that Mr. Barr and other Justice Department officials tried to interfere with some of the office’s key cases and investigations. New York Times, 7 Oct. 2021 School boards around the country have been disrupted by unruly attendees out to interfere with business and silence other viewpoints. Carolyn Thompson, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Sep. 2021 Plastics break down in the environment, and their degradation products, such as bisphenol A (BPA), are known to interfere with human hormonal function. Robert Rapier, Forbes, 30 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of interfere

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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The first known use of interfere was in the 15th century

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“Interfere.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interfere. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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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