Definition of interfere
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
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
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
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of interfere
INTERFERE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of interfere for Students
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.
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
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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