Definitions for interfereˌɪn tərˈfɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

in•ter•fereˌɪn tərˈfɪər(v.i.)-fered, -fer•ing.

  1. to come into opposition or collision so as to hamper, hinder, or obstruct someone or something:

    Constant distractions interfere with work.

  2. to take part in the affairs of others; meddle:

    to interfere in someone's life.

  3. to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose.

  4. to strike one foot or leg against another in moving, as a horse.

  5. (in a game or sport) to obstruct the action of an opposing player in a way barred by the rules. (in football) to run interference for a teammate carrying the ball.

    Category: Sport

  6. to come into collision; be in opposition; clash.

  7. Physics. to cause interference.

    Category: Physics

Origin of interfere:

1520–30; < MF s'entreferir to strike against each other =entre-inter-+ferir to strike < L ferīre


Princeton's WordNet

  1. interfere(verb)

    come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle

    "Your talking interferes with my work!"

  2. intervene, step in, interfere, interpose(verb)

    get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force

    "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. interfere(verb)ˌɪn tərˈfɪər

    to involve yourself in sb else's private affairs

    Mom told me not to interfere in other people's business.


  1. interfere(Verb)

    To get involved or involve oneself, causing disturbance.

    I always try not to interfere with other peopleu2019s personal affairs.

  2. interfere(Verb)

    (of waves) To be correlated with each other when overlapped or superposed.

  3. Origin: entreferir, from entre- + ferir, itself from the verb ferio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interfere(verb)

    to come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; as, interfering claims, or commands

  2. Interfere(verb)

    to enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose

  3. Interfere(verb)

    to strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes

  4. Interfere(verb)

    to act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of light, heat, etc. See Interference, 2

  5. Interfere(verb)

    to cover the same ground; to claim the same invention

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'interfere' in Verbs Frequency: #780

Translations for interfere

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(often with in, ~with ) to (try to) become involved in etc, when one's help etc is not wanted

I wish you would stop interfering (with my plans); Don't interfere in other people's business!

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