What does impede mean?

Definitions for impedeɪmˈpid

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word impede.

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

  2. Origin: [L. impedire, lit., to entangle the feet; pref. im- in + pes, pedis, foot. See Foot, and cf. Impeach.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Impede

    im-pēd′, v.t. to hinder or obstruct.—n. Impē′dance, hinderance, esp. in electricity an apparent increase of resistance due to induction in a circuit.—adj. Imped′ible, capable of being impeded.—n. Imped′iment, that which impedes: hinderance: a defect preventing fluent speech.—n.pl. Impediment′a, military baggage, baggage generally.—adjs. Impedimen′tal, Imped′itive, causing hinderance. [L. impedīrein, in, pes, pedis, a foot.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of impede in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of impede in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anna Pinedo:

    These are not financial covenants, they're not the type of covenants that would impede a resolution.

  2. The SEC:

    If passed by the Senate and signed into law, I believe this bill would seriously impede the ability of the SEC to bring disclosure into the 21st Century.

  3. National Security Adviser Susan Rice:

    The competition must be fair, when China's economic policies impede the free flow of commerce and worsen trade imbalances, it distorts the global economy.

  4. David Gergen:

    It looks like he was trying to impede the investigation, he was using his power to do that, and when James Comey didn't go along with him, when he wasn't his boy, he fired him.

  5. Erasmo Palazzotto:

    The migrants are aware that the procedure to identify them would impede their journey toward the European countries where they have large communities and, often, their families.

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