- to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
Origin of impede
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Examples from the Web for impede
If following this diet stresses you out or interferes with your sleep patterns, it could also impede weight loss.Does Intermittent Fasting Really Work?
March 6, 2014
Moreover, they have been allowed to impede the realization of a crucial American national security interest.Israel and Palestine Vs. ‘Blood and Magic’
Hussein Ibish, Saliba Sarsar
September 17, 2013
Raise the rates, and you impede efficiency-enhancing transactions - and thereby harm everybody's economic welfare.The Right Way to Tax Mitt Romney, Part 2
January 24, 2012
But by the late ‘90s, the 5-foot-3 singer’s weight, which topped 400 pounds, began to impede her ability to perform.Etta James, Who Blazed Trail for Women in R&B, Dead at 73
January 21, 2012
Those workers' debts now impede the further borrowing that postponed the crisis to 2007.Top Economists on How to Fix the Economy
October 12, 2011
We have no thought to impede the paths to closer relationship.
God was his father--this was his house--and nothing must impede his purposes.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
On one occasion, and only on one, Nelson was able to impede the progress of this new conqueror.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
In camp you will discard it because it will impede the swing of your arms.The Forest
Stewart Edward White
These are a few of the entanglements which impede the natural course of human thought.Theaetetus
- (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Word Origin and History for impede
c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire "impede, be in the way, hinder, detain," literally "to shackle the feet" (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.