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

Definition of hinder

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make slow or difficult the progress of : hamper Their journey was hindered by snow and high winds. economic growth hindered by sanctions
2 : 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


hind·​er | \ ˈhīn-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \

Definition of hinder (Entry 2 of 2)

: situated behind or in the rear : posterior a long oval forward part and a taillike hinder portion— R. E. Coker

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hinderer \ ˈhin-​dər-​ər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \ noun

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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 hinder in a Sentence

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, their absences didn’t hinder Mayfield from completing 72% of his passes and throwing for 321 yards and two touchdowns. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, 11 Oct. 2021 For years, a felony drug conviction could make someone ineligible for food and shelter benefits, and a misdemeanor drug record could hinder a person’s ability to get a new job or housing. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Their removal, or limitation, could hinder the ability to fight dangerous pathogens like measles and whooping cough in the future, experts warn. Robert Hart, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 Doing so, Radio Free Europe officials said, would drive away its audience and hinder its ability to report the news — and could effectively shut down its Russian operation. BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2021 Doing so, Radio Free Europe officials said, would drive away its audience and hinder its ability to report the news — and could effectively shut down its Russian operation. New York Times, 20 May 2021 The fish has a long history of being farmed, but fish farming in places like Sweden may ultimately hinder the ability of the fish to evolve and adapt to a changing climate. Mike Wehner, BGR, 22 Apr. 2021 Should the agency act on these beliefs and create new ESG reporting requirements, companies and investors will be forced to endure additional costly regulations that will hinder corporate performance for years to come. Wayne Winegarden, Forbes, 20 Sep. 2021 The goal is to address an information gap that can hinder family court judges when litigants are not represented by attorneys or when the reports from evaluators are thin. Megan O’matz, ProPublica, 16 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of hinder


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


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hinder


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


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

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

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14 Oct 2021

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“Hinder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hinder. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hinder

: to make (something, such as a task or action) slow or difficult


hin·​der | \ ˈhin-dər How to pronounce hinder (audio) \
hindered; hindering

Kids Definition of hinder

: to make slow or difficult Snow and high winds hindered our progress.

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