interfere

[in-ter-feer]
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verb (used without object), in·ter·fered, in·ter·fer·ing.

Verb Phrases

interfere with, Chiefly British. to molest sexually.

Nearby words

  1. interfacing,
  2. interfaith,
  3. interfascicular,
  4. interfascicular cambium,
  5. interfenestration,
  6. interference,
  7. interference drag,
  8. interference fit,
  9. interference microscope,
  10. interference pattern

Origin of interfere

1520–30; inter- + -fere < Latin ferīre to strike; modeled on Middle French s'entreferir

SYNONYMS FOR interfere
Related formsin·ter·fer·er, nounin·ter·fer·ing·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·fer·ing, adjectivenon·in·ter·fer·ing·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for interfered

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 interfered

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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