obstruct

verb
ob·​struct | \ əb-ˈstrəkt, äb-\
obstructed; obstructing; obstructs

Definition of obstruct

transitive verb

1 : to block or close up by an obstacle A piece of food obstructed his airway. The road was obstructed by a fallen tree.
2 : to hinder from passage, action, or operation : impede Constant interruptions obstruct our progress. was charged with obstructing justice by lying to investigators
3 : to cut off from sight A wall obstructs the view.

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Other Words from obstruct

obstructive \ əb-​ˈstrək-​tiv , äb-​ \ adjective or noun
obstructiveness noun
obstructor \ əb-​ˈstrək-​tər , äb-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for obstruct

hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress. rain hindered the climb impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering. tight clothing that impedes movement obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way. the view was obstructed by billboards block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress. a landslide blocked the road

Examples of obstruct in a Sentence

A large tree obstructed the road. A piece of food obstructed his airway and caused him to stop breathing. She was charged with obstructing police. She was charged with obstructing justice by lying to investigators.
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Alvarez is due in court on July 10 on one misdemeanor criminal charge of obstructing free passage. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Gallery Owner Says Opioid Exhibit, Protest At Purdue Just The Beginning Of 'Spoon Movement'," 26 June 2018 The indictment also accused Loughry of trying to obstruct the grand jury investigation by seeking to influence the testimony of a Supreme Court employee. Washington Post, "More than 100 arrested in ICE raid," 21 June 2018 Mueller's probe includes a look into whether Trump himself tried to obstruct justice by firing Comey. chicagotribune.com, "Trump says FBI was 'plotting against' me, casts doubt on potential Mueller interview," 15 June 2018 Mueller’s probe includes a look into whether Trump himself tried to obstruct justice by firing Comey. Anne Flaherty, Time, "Trump Still Says the FBI Was 'Plotting Against My Election'," 15 June 2018 Both were charged with trying to obstruct Mueller's investigation of Manafort's work in Ukraine. CNN, "Singapore summit will offer clues to Bolton-Pompeo power dynamics," 10 June 2018 That memo has now been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether Donald Trump tried to obstruct the Russia investigation. Monique Judge, The Root, "#ObstructionGate: Former FBI Official’s Memo Hints That Comey Firing Was Related to Russia Investigation," 1 June 2018 The special counsel's interest demonstrates Sessions' overlooked role as a key witness in the investigation into whether Trump tried to obstruct the inquiry itself. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed Sessions to reverse his recusal from the Russia inquiry," 30 May 2018 The mother was arrested on a charge of obstructing official business. Cheryl Higley, cleveland.com, "Detroit man charged in chase: North Ridgeville Police Blotter," 16 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of obstruct

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for obstruct

Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere, from ob- in the way + struere to build, heap up — more at ob-, strew

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The first known use of obstruct was in 1590

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obstruct

verb

English Language Learners Definition of obstruct

: to block (something, such as a pipe or street) so that things cannot move through easily

: to slow or block the movement, progress, or action of (something or someone)

: to be in front of (something) : to make (something) difficult to see

obstruct

verb
ob·​struct | \ əb-ˈstrəkt \
obstructed; obstructing

Kids Definition of obstruct

1 : to block or make passage through difficult A fallen tree is obstructing the road.
2 : to be or come in the way of : hinder She was uncooperative and obstructed the investigation.
3 : to make (something) difficult to see The new building obstructs their view of the ocean.

obstruct

transitive verb
ob·​struct | \ əb-ˈstrəkt, äb- \

Medical Definition of obstruct

: to block or close up by an obstacle veins obstructed by clots

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