[ im-peed ]
/ ɪmˈpid /

verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.

to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.

Origin of impede

1595–1605; < Latin impedīre to entangle, literally, to snare the feet. See im-1, pedi-
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See prevent. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for unimpeded (1 of 2)


/ (ˌʌnɪmˈpiːdɪd) /


not impeded; unhindered

British Dictionary definitions for unimpeded (2 of 2)


/ (ɪmˈpiːd) /


(tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct

Derived Formsimpeder, nounimpedingly, adverb

Word Origin for impede

C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot
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