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verb (used with object)
  1. to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
  2. to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
  3. to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).

Origin of obstruct

First recorded in 1605–15, obstruct is from the Latin word obstructus (past participle of obstruere to build or pile up in the way, bar). See ob-, construct
Related formsob·struct·ed·ly, adverbob·struct·er, ob·struc·tor, nounob·struct·ing·ly, adverbob·struc·tive, adjectiveob·struc·tive·ly, adverbob·struc·tive·ness, ob·struc·tiv·i·ty [ob-struhk-tiv-i-tee] /ˌɒb strʌkˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·ob·struc·tive, adjectivenon·ob·struc·tive·ly, adverbnon·ob·struc·tive·ness, nounpre·ob·struct, verb (used with object)un·ob·struct·ed, adjectiveun·ob·struc·tive, adjective

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verb (tr)
  1. to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
  2. to make (progress or activity) difficult
  3. to impede or block a clear view of
Derived Formsobstructor, nounobstructive, adjective, nounobstructively, adverbobstructiveness, noun

Word Origin for obstruct

C17: Latin obstructus built against, past participle of obstruere, from ob- against + struere to build
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Word Origin and History for obstruct

1610s, a back-formation from obstruction or else from Latin obstructus, past participle of obstruere "to block, to stop up" (see obstruction). Related: Obstructed; obstructing.

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obstruct in Medicine


[əb-strŭkt, ŏb-]
  1. To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.
Related formsob•structive adj.
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