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interfere

[in-ter-feer] /ˌɪn tərˈfɪər/
verb (used without object), interfered, interfering.
1.
to come into opposition, as one thing with another, especially with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often followed by with):
Constant distractions interfere with work.
2.
to take part in the affairs of others; meddle (often followed by with or in):
to interfere in another's life.
3.
(of things) to strike against each other, or one against another, so as to hamper or hinder action; come into physical collision.
4.
to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose.
5.
to strike one foot or leg against another in moving, as a horse.
6.
Sports.
  1. to obstruct the action of an opposing player in a way barred by the rules.
  2. Football. to run interference for a teammate carrying the ball.
7.
Physics. to cause interference.
8.
to clash; come in collision; be in opposition:
The claims of two nations may interfere.
9.
Law. to claim earlier invention when several patent requests for the same invention are being filed.
Verb phrases
10.
interfere with, Chiefly British. to molest sexually.
Origin of interfere
1520-1530
1520-30; inter- + -fere < Latin ferīre to strike; modeled on Middle French s'entreferir
Related forms
interferer, noun
interferingly, adverb
noninterfering, adjective
noninterferingly, adverb
Synonyms
2. pry, intrude, encroach, interlope. 4. intercede.
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  • It would have interfered with her relations with Austin, which were beginning to be exciting.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • These Mohmands had neither been irritated nor interfered with in any way.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
  • "People have interfered with us a good deal, first and last," the Captain said, grimly.

  • But no human being had interfered with their journey, and their hopes rose to the zenith.

    The Rock of Chickamauga Joseph A. Altsheler
  • Alice interfered; she perceived that the ruthless Mrs. Dowling meant to have her way.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • As long as no one interfered with them they were seldom the first to break the peace.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I wouldn't have him interfered with on any account, poor fellow.'

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • In the same way he has interfered with the elections at Alexandria.

    The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI

    Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
British Dictionary definitions for interfered

interfere

/ˌɪntəˈfɪə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(often foll by in) to interpose, esp meddlesomely or unwarrantedly; intervene
2.
(often foll by with) to come between or in opposition; hinder; obstruct
3.
(foll by with) (euphemistic) to assault sexually
4.
to strike one against the other, as a horse's legs
5.
(physics) to cause or produce interference
Derived Forms
interferer, noun
interfering, adjective
interferingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French s'entreferir to collide, from entre-inter- + ferir to strike, from Latin ferīre
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Word Origin and History for interfered

interfere

v.

mid-15c., "to strike against," from Middle French enterferer "to strike each other," from entre- "between" (see entre-) + ferir "to strike," from Latin ferire "to knock, strike," related to Latin forare "to bore, pierce" (see bore (v.), and cf. punch (v.), which has both the senses "to hit" and "to make a hole in"). Figurative sense of "to meddle with, oppose unrightfully" is from 1630s. Related: Interfered; interfering.

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