[ hin-der ]
/ ˈhɪn dər /
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verb (used with object)
to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
to prevent from doing, acting, or happening; stop: to hinder a man from committing a crime.
verb (used without object)
to be an obstacle or impediment.
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Origin of hinder

First recorded before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian “to hold back,” equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix

synonym study for hinder

2. See prevent.


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Other definitions for hinder (2 of 2)

[ hahyn-der ]
/ ˈhaɪn dər /

situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.

Origin of hinder

1250–1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adv.) behind; cognate with German hinter (preposition) behind
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What does hinder mean?

To hinder something is to make it harder for it to happen or be done, such as by delaying it or interrupting it. To hinder someone is to make it harder for them to do something.

Close synonyms are hamper, impede, and obstruct. The word hinder is usually followed by the thing being hindered. It’s most commonly used in the context of progress, tasks, work, or other things that involve the completion of a goal.

A person can hinder someone else’s progress or work by interrupting them, getting in their way, or putting obstacles in their way. This can be intentional or unintentional. Obstacles themselves can also be said to hinder a person’s progress. When an obstacle hinders someone, it gets in their way, slows them down, and prevents them from making further progress (until they find a way past it).

Hinder can also mean to completely prevent or stop something from happening. However, in most cases, hinder doesn’t mean to stop something completely—only to slow its progress or delay it temporarily by making it more difficult to do.

Something that hinders can be called a hindrance.

Example: This traffic jam might hinder our ability to get there on time, but I’m going to try a detour.

Where does hinder come from?

The first records of the word hinder come from before 1000. It comes from the Old English hindrian, meaning “to hold back.” It’s related to the adjective hind, meaning “situated in the rear or at the back,” as in hind leg. (Something that is more hind can be said to be hinder, but this word is rarely used.)

To hinder someone is to hold them back, to block them, or to make what they’re doing more difficult. Heavy rain can hinder your ability to see clearly when driving. Distractions can hinder your ability to get work done efficiently. In sports, it’s often the goal to hinder your opponents’ attempts to score. Still, in most cases, to hinder something is to delay it or make it more difficult—not to stop it completely.

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What are some other forms related to hinder?

  • hinderer (noun)
  • hinderingly (adverb)
  • unhindered (adjective)
  • unhindering (adjective)
  • hindrance (noun)

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How is hinder used in real life?

Hinder is usually used in the context of progress that has been delayed or goals that have been made more difficult by certain obstacles.


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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of hinder?

A. help
B. hamper
C. impede
D. obstruct

How to use hinder in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for hinder (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhɪndə) /

to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
(tr) to prevent

Derived forms of hinder

hinderer, nounhindering, adjective, noun

Word Origin for hinder

Old English hindrian; related to Old Norse hindra, Old High German hintarōn

British Dictionary definitions for hinder (2 of 2)

/ (ˈhaɪndə) /

(prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts

Word Origin for hinder

Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind
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