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obstruct

[ uhb-struhkt ]
/ əbˈstrʌkt /
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verb (used with object)
to block or close up with an obstacle; make difficult to pass: Debris obstructed the road.
to interrupt, hinder, or oppose the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
to block from sight; to be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for obstruct

obstruct
/ (əbˈstrʌkt) /

verb (tr)
to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
to make (progress or activity) difficult
to impede or block a clear view of

Derived forms of obstruct

obstructor, 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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Medical definitions for obstruct

obstruct
[ əb-strŭkt, ŏb- ]

v.
To block or close a body passage so as to hinder or interrupt a flow.

Other words from obstruct

ob•structive adj.
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