- to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
- to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
- to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).
Origin of obstruct
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Examples from the Web for obstruct
He gave money to a group seeking to obstruct equality for gay people.In Gay Rights Fights, Bullies Love to Play the Victim
April 4, 2014
The first filibuster took place in 1837 and then became an increasingly employed strategy to obstruct the passage of legislation.Senate Democrats Didn’t Go Far Enough to Kill the Filibuster
November 22, 2013
Merkley said that the power of minority to obstruct judicial nominations had really been ended in that standoff.The Filibuster Fight Ain’t Over
November 21, 2013
It's not much different from what they've done, or haven't done, all along: obstruct Obama.The Obama Scandals Are Desperate Measures by the GOP
May 17, 2013
And the very political forces that you are trying to end run would rise up and obstruct at every turn.Should People Be Forced to Buy Liability Insurance for their Guns?
December 28, 2012
Nothing could obstruct his designs of mercy, or his labours of love.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
We must obstruct this highway so that no crawling creature may pass.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
They are very rich and fertile, without a stone or a tree to obstruct the plough.
The Nile at that time is seen to be rapidly rising, and nothing must obstruct its passage.Chatterbox, 1906
There are several falls in the river, which obstruct the navigation.First History of New Brunswick
- to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
- to make (progress or activity) difficult
- to impede or block a clear view of
Word Origin and History for obstruct
1610s, a back-formation from obstruction or else from Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere "to block, to stop up" (see obstruction). Related: Obstructed; obstructing.
- To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.