obstruct

verb
ob·​struct | \ əb-ˈstrəkt How to pronounce obstruct (audio) , 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 How to pronounce obstructive (audio) , äb-​ \ adjective or noun
obstructiveness noun
obstructor \ əb-​ˈstrək-​tər How to pronounce obstructor (audio) , 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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These are prescription drugs that obstruct pain pathways in your brain, Mayo Clinic explains. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "Scientists Have Developed a Promising New Migraine Medication—Here's What You Should Know," 11 July 2019 Brady pleaded guilty to wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and obstructing an Internal Revenue Service investigation, prosecutors said. Maria Lovato, BostonGlobe.com, "R.I. woman admits to scamming millions from friends, family — and an elderly man with Alzheimer’s," 11 July 2019 Basic first aid and obstructed airway management will be covered. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 10 July 2019 Ayoola Ajayi was charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, obstructing justice and desecration of a body, the Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office said at a news conference. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Man formally charged in murder of Utah college student Mackenzie Lueck," 10 July 2019 Days before his comment, PEOPLE confirmed Beth had been hospitalized in Los Angeles for emergency surgery to clear a throat blockage that was obstructing her airways. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Dog the Bounty Hunter Star Beth Chapman's Funeral Will Be Streamed Live," 10 July 2019 Reyes' yard waste now completely obstructs a chunk of the sidewalk at the corner of Cascade Avenue and Polk Street. Hayat Norimine, Dallas News, "Here are the neighborhoods Dallas still has left for storm debris cleanup," 9 July 2019 The Omaha World-Herald reports that although most interstates and state roads have been cleared for use, damaged bridges and unending repairs still obstruct traffic outside major metropolitan areas. USA TODAY, "Roller coaster ghost town, Alaska heat, rock hyrax pups: News from around our 50 states," 8 July 2019 The judge also found that Teganya had also obstructed justice by committing perjury in his trial testimony. Fox News, "Rwandan man gets 8 years in jail for lying in asylum bid about role in 1994 genocide," 4 July 2019

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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

somewhat formal
: 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 How to pronounce obstruct (audio) \
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- How to pronounce obstruct (audio) \

Medical Definition of obstruct

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

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