- 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 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
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
- (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 interferes
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.