verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.
Origin of impede
Examples from the Web for impede
If following this diet stresses you out or interferes with your sleep patterns, it could also impede weight loss.
Moreover, they have been allowed to impede the realization of a crucial American national security interest.
Raise the rates, and you impede efficiency-enhancing transactions - and thereby harm everybody's economic welfare.
But by the late ‘90s, the 5-foot-3 singer’s weight, which topped 400 pounds, began to impede her ability to perform.Etta James, Who Blazed Trail for Women in R&B, Dead at 73|Christine Pelisek|January 21, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Those workers' debts now impede the further borrowing that postponed the crisis to 2007.
If we load it with the oil of luxury, it will give an additional vigor, but in the end, clog and impede the motion.An History of Birmingham (1783)|William Hutton
Who art thou, who will impede this work, or shall be able to impede it, seeing God will have it forward.
With this view, the first object was to stop, or at least to impede, the arrival of supplies from Zealand.The Revolt of The Netherlands, Complete|Friedrich Schiller
With which accordingly Lady Knollys was quickly supplied; but it did not at all impede her utterance.Uncle Silas|J. S. LeFanu
I have come——' Here Cyril paused; the dryness of his lips seemed to impede his utterance. 'Lover or Friend|Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for impede
Word Origin for impede
Word Origin and History for impede
c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire "impede, be in the way, hinder, detain," literally "to shackle the feet" (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.