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hin·​der ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio)
hindered; hindering ˈhin-d(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce hinder (audio)

transitive verb

: to make slow or difficult the progress of : hamper
Their journey was hindered by snow and high winds.
economic growth hindered by sanctions
: to hold back : prevent, check
His financial troubles hindered him from buying a home.

intransitive verb

: to delay, impede, or prevent action
uncertain whether the changes would help or hinder
hinderer noun


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hind·​er ˈhīn-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio)
: situated behind or in the rear : posterior
a long oval forward part and a taillike hinder portion R. E. Coker
Choose the Right Synonym for hinder

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

Example Sentences

Verb The witness refused to cooperate, hindering the investigation. The country's economic growth is being hindered by the sanctions. It's not clear whether the change will help or hinder our project. Adjective the animal's case of mange was especially bad in its hinder parts
Recent Examples on the Web
But the company has been largely opaque about how exactly the layoffs may hinder Twitter’s ability to combat misinformation. Brian Fung, CNN, 7 Nov. 2022 British papers have reported that the royal family has been wringing its hands over how the show might hinder the new King’s efforts to win over his subjects. Eliana Dockterman, Time, 3 Nov. 2022 The question of whether the conflict in Ukraine will hasten or hinder the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy needed to keep global temperatures from reaching dangerous heights looms large ahead of next week's U.N. climate conference. Frank Jordans, ajc, 3 Nov. 2022 It is forecast to encounter storm-shredding upper level winds, which hinder its chances of developing. Shira Moolten, Sun Sentinel, 30 Oct. 2022 Frustrating situations in your home life can bleed into your work life or hinder your responsibilities all too easily, and the two worlds may end up piling stress on top of stress for you. Chicago Tribune, 25 Oct. 2022 While its design is sleek and thin, take note that the system doesn’t connect wirelessly and the long proprietary cables can hinder a clean setup. Olivia Lipski, Good Housekeeping, 11 Oct. 2022 Memorial considers the move an attempt to seize the building and hinder the organization’s operation. Hanna Arhirova And Frank Jordans, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 Oct. 2022 Also premiering will be Netflix's reboot of The Mole, a reality series that shakes up the standard formula by tasking one player to secretly deceive the group and hinder their progress... Keith Langston, EW.com, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History



Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; akin to Old English hinder behind


Middle English, from Old English hinder, adverb — see hinder entry 1

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hinder was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Hinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition



hindered; hindering
: to make slow or difficult : hamper
progress was hindered by bad weather
: to hold back : check

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