verb (used without object), in·ter·fered, in·ter·fer·ing.
- 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.
Origin of interfere
Synonyms for interfere
Related Words for interfereshinder, prevent, intrude, inhibit, impede, obstruct, hamper, suspend, thwart, interlope, tamper, make, jam, conflict, balk, handicap, interpose, inconvenience, stop, frustrate
Examples from the Web for interferes
Contemporary Examples of interferes
Anything that interferes with that relationship is part of the problem.The Health-Care System Is So Broken, It’s Time for Doctors to Strike
April 29, 2014
If following this diet stresses you out or interferes with your sleep patterns, it could also impede weight loss.Does Intermittent Fasting Really Work?
March 6, 2014
“There are very good reasons why people should not wish to accept it, because it interferes with their business,” he said.Sir David Attenborough: Enough With the Creationists and Climate Change Deniers!
February 11, 2014
Historical Examples of interferes
Don't you see that it interferes with the other, and robs it of its nourishment?The Imaginary Invalid
This sentiment which interferes with justice is false sentiment.The Avenger
E. Phillips Oppenheim
If nothing unforeseen at present interferes, I will have the honor of doing it.Washington's Masonic Correspondence
Julius F. Sachse
They'd have shore put him over the jump, only Enright interferes.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
The first man who interferes with those pipes I will shoot dead!Adrift on the Pacific
Edward S. Ellis
Word Origin for interfere
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.