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[im-peed] /ɪmˈpid/
verb (used with object), impeded, impeding.
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 forms
impeder, noun
[im-pee-duh-bil-i-tee, -ped-uh-] /ɪmˌpi dəˈbɪl ɪ ti, -ˌpɛd ə-/ (Show IPA),
impedible, adjective
impedingly, adverb
unimpeded, adjective
unimpeding, adjective
unimpedingly, adverb
slow, delay, check, stop, block, thwart.
advance, encourage.
Synonym Study
See prevent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The Proclamation delivered any one impeding that attempt into the hands of the military authorities without trial.

    Lincoln Nathaniel Wright Stephenson
  • For God Himself had been made imperfect by the impeding of His moral purpose.

  • The big stones, impeding the flow, had around them a cushion of water, a sort of cravat ending in a knot of foam.

    The works of Guy de Maupassant, Vol. 5 (of 8) Guy de Maupassant 1850-1893
  • The wounded were increasing in number, impeding their retreat.

  • Dodge was hanging onto the door of the taxi, impeding his friend's departure.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • There was no crowding or impeding haste in their dumb exodus.

    The Three Partners Bret Harte
  • She stood in front of me, holding my arms and impeding my advance.

British Dictionary definitions for impeding


(transitive) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Derived Forms
impeder, noun
impedingly, 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 impeding



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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