impede

impede
UK [ɪmˈpiːd] / US [ɪmˈpɪd] verb [transitive]
Word forms "impede":
present tense I/you/we/they impede he/she/it impedes present participle impeding past tense impeded past participle impeded formal
to make it more difficult for someone to do something or more difficult for something to happen

The darkness was impeding his progress.


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  • Impede — Im*pede , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impeded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impeding}.] [L. impedire, lit., to entangle the feet; pref. im in + pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Impeach}.] To hinder; to stop in progress; to obstruct; as, to impede the advance …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • impede — I verb annul, arrest, barricade, be a drag on, be an obstacle to, be in the way, block, blockade, bolt, bother, brake, bring to a standstill, burden, cause to delay, check, circumscribe, confine, cramp, cumber, curb, dam up, deadlock, decelerate …   Law dictionary

  • impede — (v.) c.1600, back formation from impediment, or else from L. impedire impede, be in the way, hinder, detain, lit. to shackle the feet (see IMPEDIMENT (Cf. impediment)). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding …   Etymology dictionary

  • impede — *hinder, obstruct, block, bar, dam Analogous words: clog, *hamper, fetter, trammel, shackle, manacle, hog tie: *embarrass, discomfit, disconcert, rattle, faze: thwart, baffle, balk, *frustrate Antonyms: assist: promote Contrasted words: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • impede — [v] obstruct, hinder bar, block, blow whistle on*, brake, check, clog, close off, cramp one’s style*, curb, cut off, dam, delay, deter, discomfit, disconcert, disrupt, embarrass, faze, flag one*, freeze, hamper, hang up, hold up, interfere,… …   New thesaurus

  • impede — ► VERB ▪ delay or block the progress or action of. ORIGIN Latin impedire shackle the feet of , from pes foot …   English terms dictionary

  • impede — [im pēd′] vt. impeded, impeding [L impedire, to entangle, ensnare, lit., to hold the feet < in , in + pes (gen. pedis), FOOT] to bar or hinder the progress of; obstruct or delay SYN. HINDER1 impeder n …   English World dictionary

  • impede — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, seriously, severely, significantly ▪ The bad weather seriously impeded our progress. Impede is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑development, ↑ …   Collocations dictionary

  • impede — [[t]ɪmpi͟ːd[/t]] impedes, impeding, impeded VERB If you impede someone or something, you make their movement, development, or progress difficult. [FORMAL] [V n] Debris and fallen rock are impeding the progress of the rescue workers. Syn: hinder,… …   English dictionary

  • impede — verb your efforts to impede our progress will be unsuccessful Syn: hinder, obstruct, hamper, hold back/up, delay, interfere with, disrupt, retard, slow (down), hobble, cripple; block, check, stop, scupper, scuttle, thwart, frustrate …   Thesaurus of popular words

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