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hinder1

[hin-der]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
  2. to prevent from doing, acting, or happening; stop: to hinder a man from committing a crime.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be an obstacle or impediment.
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Origin of hinder1

before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian “to hold back,” equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix
Related formshin·der·er, nounhin·der·ing·ly, adverbun·hin·dered, adjectiveun·hin·der·ing, adjectiveun·hin·der·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. encumber, obstruct, trammel. 2. block, thwart.

Synonym study

2. See prevent.

Antonyms

1. encourage.
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Examples from the Web for hindered

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  • This maddening impatience told on my strength, which was small, and hindered me.

    Green Mansions

    W. H. Hudson

  • I and Galloway could never get through them, hindered or not hindered.

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • Who would have hindered it from handing its milliards over to us?

    Freeland

    Theodor Hertzka

  • And though she followed him to the front door, entreating, he could not be stayed or hindered.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Oh, I am afraid I hindered rather than helped,” said I, “but it is very beautiful.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill


British Dictionary definitions for hindered

hinder1

verb
  1. to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
  2. (tr) to prevent
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Derived Formshinderer, nounhindering, adjective, noun

Word Origin

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

hinder2

adjective
  1. (prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts
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Word Origin

Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind
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Word Origin and History for hindered

hinder

v.

Old English hindrian "to harm, injure, impair, check, repress," from Proto-Germanic *hinderojanan (cf. Old Norse hindra, Dutch hinderen, Old High German hintaron, German hindern "to keep back"), from a root meaning "on that side of, behind" (cf. hind (adj.)); thus the ground sense is "to put or keep back," though this sense in English is recorded only from late 14c. Related: Hindered; hindering.

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hinder

adj,

"situated in the rear, toward the back," late 14c., probably from Old English hinder (adv.) "behind, back, afterward," but treated as a comparative of hind (adj.). Related to Old High German hintar, German hinter, Gothic hindar "behind." Middle English had hinderhede, literally "hinder-hood; posterity in time, inferiority in rank;" and hinderling "person fallen from moral or social respectability, wretch."

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