interfere

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verb in·ter·fere \ˌin-tə(r)-ˈfir\

Definition of interfere

interfered

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interfering

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to interpose in a way that hinders or impedes :  come into collision or be in opposition

  3. 2 :  to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running —used especially of horses

  4. 3 :  to enter into or take a part in the concerns of others

  5. 4 :  to act reciprocally so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another —used of waves

interferer

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Examples of interfere in a Sentence

  1. I tried to offer advice without interfering.

  2. a strong resentment of outsiders who attempted to interfere with their traditional ways of doing things

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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

Synonym Discussion of 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


INTERFERE Defined for English Language Learners

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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

interfere

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verb in·ter·fere \ˌin-tər-ˈfir\

Definition of interfere for Students

interfered

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interfering

  1. 1 :  to get in the way of as an obstacle Hills interfere with the radio signal.

  2. 2 :  to become involved in the concerns of others when such involvement is not wanted Stop interfering in my private matters.


Medical Dictionary

interfere

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intransitive verb in·ter·fere \ˌint-ə(r)-ˈfi(ə)r\

Medical Definition of interfere

interfered

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interfering

  1. 1:  to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in walking or running—used especially of horses

  2. 2:  to act reciprocally so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another—used of waves

  3. 3:  to be inconsistent with and disturb the performance of previously learned behavior


Law Dictionary

interfere

intransitive verb in·ter·fere

Legal Definition of interfere

interfered

interfering

  1. 1 :  to act in a way that impedes or obstructs others

  2. 2 :  to enter into the concerns of others



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