impede

[ im-peed ]
/ ɪmˈpid /

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

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

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Origin of impede

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

synonym study for impede

See prevent.

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British Dictionary definitions for impedes

impede
/ (ɪmˈpiːd) /

verb

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

Derived forms of impede

impeder, nounimpedingly, adverb

Word Origin for impede

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