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hinder

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[ 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

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before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian “to hold back,” equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix
2. See prevent.

Definition for hinder (2 of 2)

hinder2
[ hahyn-der ]
/ ˈhaɪn dər /

adjective

situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.

noun

Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.

Origin of hinder

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1250–1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adv.) behind; cognate with German hinter (preposition) behind
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British Dictionary definitions for hinder (1 of 2)

hinder1
/ (ˈhɪndə) /

verb

to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
(tr) to prevent
hinderer, nounhindering, adjective, noun
Old English hindrian; related to Old Norse hindra, Old High German hintarōn

British Dictionary definitions for hinder (2 of 2)

hinder2
/ (ˈhaɪndə) /

adjective

(prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posteriorthe hinder parts
Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind
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