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impede

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of impede

  1. to create difficulty for the work or activity of the construction work impeded the smooth running of the office for several months Synonyms of impede clog, cramp, embarrass, encumber, fetter, handcuff, handicap, hinder, hobble, hog-tie, hold back, hold up, hamper, inhibit, interfere (with), manacle, obstruct, shackle, short-circuit, stymie, tie up, trammelWords Related to impede balk, check, constrain, curb, rein, restrain; bind, chain, halter, leash, tether, tie; arrest, brake, delay, retain, retard; barricade, block, blockade, roadblock; bog (down), mire; choke, smother, stifle, strangle, suffocate; baffle, foil, frustrate, stump, thwart; derail, disrupt, sabotage; muzzle, repress, suppress; confine, hedge (in), hem (in)Near Antonyms of impede clear, make way, open, unclog, unplug, unstop; free, liberate, release, untie; loosen, smooth; encourage, further, promoteAntonyms of impede aid, assist, facilitate, help

Synonym Discussion of impede

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

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