Definitions for impedeɪmˈpid

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

im•pede*ɪmˈpid(v.t.)-ped•ed, -ped•ing.

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

* Syn: See prevent.

Origin of impede:

1595–1605; < L impedīre to entangle, lit., to snare the feet =im-im-1+pedīre, v. der. of pēsfoot

Princeton's WordNet

  1. impede, hinder(verb)

    be a hindrance or obstacle to

    "She is impeding the progress of our project"

  2. obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up(verb)

    block passage through

    "obstruct the path"


  1. impede(Verb)

    to get in the way of; to hinder

  2. Origin: From impedire, from pes (compare pedestrian). First attested use as a verb was in William Shakespeare's Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Impede(verb)

    to hinder; to stop in progress; to obstruct; as, to impede the advance of troops

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to prevent or delay the start or progress of

Progress on the building of the road was impeded by a fall of rock.

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