- to come into opposition, as one thing with another, especially with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often followed by with): Constant distractions interfere with work.
- to take part in the affairs of others; meddle (often followed by with or in): to interfere in another's life.
- (of things) to strike against each other, or one against another, so as to hamper or hinder action; come into physical collision.
- to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose.
- to strike one foot or leg against another in moving, as a horse.
- to obstruct the action of an opposing player in a way barred by the rules.
- Football.to run interference for a teammate carrying the ball.
- Physics. to cause interference.
- to clash; come in collision; be in opposition: The claims of two nations may interfere.
- Law. to claim earlier invention when several patent requests for the same invention are being filed.
- interfere with, Chiefly British. to molest sexually.
Origin of interfere
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Examples from the Web for interfered
Paxman suspects that former British Home Secretary Michael Howard had interfered in an internal civil-service disciplinary matter.David Frost and the Art of the Interview
September 7, 2013
Markets eventually find equilibrium, unless they are interfered with.War of the Economists
October 29, 2011
It would have interfered with her relations with Austin, which were beginning to be exciting.Viviette
William J. Locke
These Mohmands had neither been irritated nor interfered with in any way.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
"People have interfered with us a good deal, first and last," the Captain said, grimly.Quaint Courtships
But no human being had interfered with their journey, and their hopes rose to the zenith.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Alice interfered; she perceived that the ruthless Mrs. Dowling meant to have her way.Alice Adams
- (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
Word Origin and History for interfered
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.