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impede

[ im-peed ]
/ ɪmˈpid /
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verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.

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

RELATED WORDS

retard, slow, thwart, stymie, deter, delay, curb, interfere, disrupt, hamper, block, discomfit, clog, bar, rattle, dam, stop, stonewall, freeze, faze

Nearby words

impeccable, impeccant, impecunious, impedance, impedance matching, impede, impediment, impedimenta, impedor, impel, impellent

Origin of impede

1595–1605; < Latin impedīre to entangle, literally, to snare the feet. See im-1, pedi-
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impede

/ (ɪmˈpiːd) /

verb

(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

impede


v.

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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