interfere

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

Verb Phrases

interfere with, Chiefly British. to molest sexually.

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Origin of interfere

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

OTHER WORDS FROM interfere

in·ter·fer·er, nounin·ter·fer·ing·ly, adverbnon·in·ter·fer·ing, adjectivenon·in·ter·fer·ing·ly, adverb
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Example sentences from the Web for interfere

British Dictionary definitions for interfere

interfere
/ (ˌɪntəˈfɪə) /

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 forms of interfere

interferer, 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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