interfere

[in-ter-feer]

verb (used without object), in·ter·fered, in·ter·fer·ing.

Verb Phrases

interfere with, Chiefly British. to molest sexually.

Origin of interfere

1520–30; inter- + -fere < Latin ferīre to strike; modeled on Middle French s'entreferir
Related formsin·ter·fer·er, nounin·ter·fer·ing·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·fer·ing, adjectivenon·in·ter·fer·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for interfere

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Contemporary Examples of interfere

Historical Examples of interfere

  • No man ventured to interfere with this lawful exercise of his authority.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "I shall not interfere with that arrangement," said the lawyer, misunderstanding his object.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Even she always stopped soon, if she undertook to interfere with Malbone.

    Malbone

    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • We have never any wish to interfere in the political conditions of any other countries.

  • Henry moved forward to interfere once more, but this time he was not needed.


British Dictionary definitions for interfere

interfere

verb (intr)

(often foll by in) to interpose, esp meddlesomely or unwarrantedly; intervene
(often foll by with) to come between or in opposition; hinder; obstruct
(foll by with) euphemistic to assault sexually
to strike one against the other, as a horse's legs
physics to cause or produce interference
Derived Formsinterferer, nouninterfering, adjectiveinterferingly, adverb

Word Origin for interfere

C16: from Old French s'entreferir to collide, from entre- inter- + ferir to strike, from Latin ferīre
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Word Origin and History for interfere
v.

mid-15c., "to strike against," from Middle French enterferer "to strike each other," from entre- "between" (see entre-) + ferir "to strike," from Latin ferire "to knock, strike," related to Latin forare "to bore, pierce" (see bore (v.), and cf. punch (v.), which has both the senses "to hit" and "to make a hole in"). Figurative sense of "to meddle with, oppose unrightfully" is from 1630s. Related: Interfered; interfering.

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