verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.

to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.

Origin of impede

1595–1605; < Latin impedīre to entangle, literally, to snare the feet. See im-1, pedi-
Related formsim·ped·er, nounim·ped·i·bil·i·ty [im-pee-duh-bil-i-tee, -ped-uh-] /ɪmˌpi dəˈbɪl ɪ ti, -ˌpɛd ə-/, nounim·ped·i·ble, adjectiveim·ped·ing·ly, adverbun·im·ped·ed, adjectiveun·im·ped·ing, adjectiveun·im·ped·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for impede

Synonym study

See prevent.

Antonyms for impede Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for impeded

Contemporary Examples of impeded

  • He envisions an Asia “where,” as he told the Australian parliament, “commerce and freedom of navigation are not impeded.”

  • And sales, those tricky little figures so dependent on the wants and whims of a fickle public, were impeded for that very reason.

  • The result was an extra month of uncertainly that impeded an already volatile hiring market.

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    Obama’s Jobs Malaise

    Daniel Stone

    September 2, 2011

  • Any deception or inefficiency that impeded the flow of information was evil.

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    The Google Religion

    Josh Dzieza

    July 15, 2011

Historical Examples of impeded

British Dictionary definitions for impeded



(tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Derived Formsimpeder, nounimpedingly, adverb

Word Origin for impede

C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for impeded



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.

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