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

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
Recent Examples on the Web All signs must stay within the vendor’s space and not interfere with other vendor’s display or view. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Seven Hills Farmers Market is accepting applications for 2021 season: Sun Postings," 23 Mar. 2021 The eruption of a long-dormant volcano that sent streams of lava flowing across a small valley in southwestern Iceland is easing and shouldn’t interfere with air travel, the Icelandic Meteorological Office said Saturday. BostonGlobe.com, "Eruption of Iceland volcano is easing and is not affecting flights," 20 Mar. 2021 An occasional nap can be healthy, but one longer than 45 minutes may interfere with your circadian rhythm — making falling asleep later that night more difficult. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "National Napping Day: 5 reasons you should nap, if you don't have 'coronasomnia'," 15 Mar. 2021 The committee will be led by Long Island Democratic Assemblyman Chuck Lavine, and will not interfere with a separate investigation being conducted by the office of the New York Attorney General, Heastie said. Jemima Mcevoy, Forbes, "New York Lawmakers To Launch ‘Impeachment Investigation’ Into Cuomo," 11 Mar. 2021 Weight, with its bulk and bulges — including, yes, breasts — plays its part and can interfere with a seamless, sculptural quality. New York Times, "What Is a Ballet Body?," 3 Mar. 2021 In making those decisions, judges consider whether the defendant is likely to show up for future court hearings; the safety of witnesses, victims and the public; and whether the person might try to obstruct justice and interfere with the case. Taylor Stevens, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah prosecutors, public defenders denounce ‘bad faith repeal’ of bail reform," 1 Mar. 2021 Biden also twice promised that Putin would face repercussions, both for attempting to interfere in the 2020 election, on behalf of Donald Trump, and for being a killer. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "How Biden Rattled Putin," 19 Mar. 2021 The lawsuit claims the four speakers violated the Reconstruction-era Ku Klux Klan Act by conspiring to violently interfere in Congress’s constitutional duties and failing to act to stop the mob. Washington Post, "Rep. Eric Swalwell sues Trump over Jan. 6 riot, alleging he poses risk of ‘inciting future political violence’," 5 Mar. 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 13 Apr. 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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