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

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

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Community members and First Amendment advocates denounced McLaughlin’s actions, arguing Burrell’s filming was not interfering with McLaughlin’s duties. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "East Bay man suing city, Vallejo Police Department officer for excessive force," 13 Sep. 2019 Since then, additional privacy legislation has stalled on Capitol Hill, in part because many Republicans have resisted using the power of the federal government to interfere in the business practices of major American firms. Wired, "Senators on Protecting Kids' Privacy: 'It's Complicated'," 30 Aug. 2019 The school strongly opposed the idea, not only because Klagges was interfering in university autonomy, but also because Hitler lacked the academic qualifications. Klaus Meyer, Quartz, "How to prevent a fascist takeover: Lessons from the Nazi party’s rise to power," 17 Aug. 2019 According to Payton, producers noticed the pair after Leslie was filmed complaining that the show was interfering with her daughter’s dance education. Sophia Caraballo, Woman's Day, "Once Portrayed as a Bully, 'Dance Moms' Payton Ackerman Has Moved Far Away From the ALDC," 3 Aug. 2019 Here’s How to Tell Four questions to ask yourself to make sure cockiness isn’t interfering with your—and your team’s—performance. Rolfe Winkler, WSJ, "Beyond the Confetti: The Dark Side of Startup Success," 12 July 2019 In defense of Trump, Francisco argued that judges in California were wrongly interfering with the president’s authority to establish immigration policy. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, "Trump vs. ‘Dreamers’: Supreme Court to decide on DACA during election year," 28 June 2019 Cranberries help by interfering with the ability of bacteria to stick to the walls of the urinary tract. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "6 Health Benefits of Cranberries," 7 June 2019 That includes teaming up with Warren to press Bezos on whether the company was illegally interfering in the right of Whole Foods workers to organize. Laura Litvan, Fortune, "Bernie Sanders Rips 'Grotesque' Greed and 'Starvation Wages' at Walmart Shareholder Meeting," 5 June 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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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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