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impede

[im-peed]
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verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.
  1. to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.

Origin of impede

1595–1605; < Latin impedīre to entangle, literally, to snare the feet. See im-1, pedi-
Related formsim·ped·er, nounim·ped·i·bil·i·ty [im-pee-duh-bil-i-tee, -ped-uh-] /ɪmˌpi dəˈbɪl ɪ ti, -ˌpɛd ə-/, nounim·ped·i·ble, adjectiveim·ped·ing·ly, adverbun·im·ped·ed, adjectiveun·im·ped·ing, adjectiveun·im·ped·ing·ly, adverb

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slow, delay, check, stop, block, thwart.

Synonym study

See prevent.

Antonyms

advance, encourage.
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British Dictionary definitions for impeded

impede

verb
  1. (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Derived Formsimpeder, nounimpedingly, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for impeded

impede

v.

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.

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