interfere

[ in-ter-feer ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈfɪər /

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

SYNONYMS FOR interfere

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 non-interfering

  • Being a non-interfering, self-contained man, he seemed to be rather irresolute.

  • In the lodge he is a mild, considerate man, of the non-interfering and non-scolding species.

    The Indian in his Wigwam|Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Society could make the necessary protest, but it does not; for if Society is anything, it is non-interfering.

    Maids Wives and Bachelors|Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr

British Dictionary definitions for non-interfering

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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