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verb (used with object),im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.
  1. to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.

Origin of impede

First recorded in 1595–1605; from Latin impedīre “to entangle,” literally, “to snare the feet”; see im-1, pedi-

synonym study For impede

See prevent.

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Other words from impede

  • im·ped·er, noun
  • im·ped·i·bil·i·ty [im-pee-duh-bil-i-tee, -ped-uh-], /ɪmˌpi dəˈbɪl ɪ ti, -ˌpɛd ə-/, noun
  • im·ped·i·ble, adjective
  • im·ped·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·im·ped·ing, adjective
  • un·im·ped·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for impede


/ (ɪmˈpiːd) /

  1. (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct

Origin of impede

C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot

Derived forms of impede

  • impeder, noun
  • impedingly, adverb

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