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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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- 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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Example sentences from the Web for hinder
The asset cap has hindered Wells Fargo’s ability to keep up with its competitors among major banks.Wells Fargo cuts jobs as the pandemic and penalties for past scandals take their toll|reymashayekhi|August 21, 2020|Fortune
Both of which, it said, may hinder its ability to effectively target and measure ads.How the world’s biggest media companies fared through the ongoing crisis in Q2|Lara O'Reilly|August 12, 2020|Digiday
Itchy as producers are about getting back to work, they are wary of the rising number of coronavirus cases that could compromise that return, which is already hindered by the changes being made to facilitate it.TV, streaming show makers ease back into production despite coronavirus concerns — and insurance costs|Tim Peterson|August 11, 2020|Digiday
Now, the city’s democracy activists fear that Apple is again actively hindering the protest movement.Hong Kong’s protest movement keeps getting stymied by Apple|Mary Hui|July 14, 2020|Quartz
It also takes time and effort to develop data-sharing mechanisms such as systems that can store test results anonymously without hindering their accessibility.Why South Asia’s COVID-19 Numbers Are So Low (For Now)|Puja Changoiwala|June 23, 2020|Quanta Magazine
Graham told The Daily Beast on Monday it might do more to hinder the president than to help him.Republicans Offer Obama ISIS War Authorization He Doesn’t Want|Josh Rogin|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Simply stated, the harshness of the elements conspires to help, rather than hinder, the lucky few.
Quora Q: Does drinking water during meals help or hinder the digestive system?Quora Q: Does Drinking Water During Meals Help or Hinder the Digestive System?|Quora Contributor|January 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, in the end, what will likely hinder Hidary is that he is not Bloombergian enough.Jack Hidary Waits to Make His Push in New York City Mayoral Race|David Freedlander|August 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He chastises Israel for segregationist policies but it is his one-nation allies that hinder integration efforts.
This alone could hinder the execution of his appointment, for in other things he has excellent qualifications for the dignity.
Don't tell me; I know: you don't want me to go, and take every mean advantage to hinder me.
Who was he, indeed, that he should claim the right to thwart another's happiness, hinder another's best self-realisation?
He doubted whether it lay in his power now to hinder anything, but in any case he would not seek to do so.
But Soult was possessed of a crafty caution which seldom if ever allowed his ambition to hinder the success his ability deserved.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison