Definition of obstruct
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.
obstructiveplay \əb-ˈstrək-tiv, äb-\ adjective or noun
obstructorplay \əb-ˈstrək-tər, äb-\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of obstruct from the Web
She is charged with third-degree assault and obstructing a police officer, both misdemeanors.
Brazilian stocks, bonds and currency all slumped last month after President Michel Temer was accused of helping obstruct the ongoing Carwash corruption probe.
She was charged with third-degree assault and obstructing a police officer, both misdemeanors.
Whether the Supreme Court will obstruct or uphold those efforts remains to be seen.
Reports that President Trump asked James B. Comey, then the F.B.I. director, to shut down an investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn, prompted accusations that the president may have obstructed justice.
President Nixon was charged with lying, obstructing justice, and using the Internal Revenue Service (the tax office) and other government agencies illegally.
Obstructing justice Keith Simmons, 25, of the 200 block of South Oak Creek Lane, Romeoville, was charged with driving with expired license plates and without insurance at Route 83 and Honeysuckle Road at 12:03 p.m. May 19.
Between January 2011 and April 2014, Katie Tomeko Green-horn, 38, and Sandra Lenora Green, 60, conspired to defraud the U.S. by obstructing the IRS in its collection of income taxes.
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Synonym Discussion of obstruct
OBSTRUCT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of obstruct for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of obstruct for Students
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.
Word Root of obstruct
The Latin word struere, meaning “to build,” and its form structus give us the root struct. Words from the Latin struere have something to do with building. A structure is something that was built, such as a house. To construct is to build by combining parts together. To obstruct is to build an obstacle that blocks a passage or path. Destruction is the process of taking apart something that was built.
Medical Definition of obstruct
: to block or close up by an obstacle veins obstructed by clots
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