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ˌɪn tərˈfɪərin·ter·fere

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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?"

GCIDE

  1. Interfere(v. i.)

    To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; -- usually used with with; as, interfering claims, or commands; workers in a crowded shop may interfere with each other's activity.

    Etymology: [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. frir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]

  2. Interfere(v. i.)

    To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose; -- used with in or with; as, to interfere with the way I raise my children.

    Etymology: [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. frir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]

Wiktionary

  1. interfere(Verb)

    To get involved or involve oneself, causing disturbance.

    I always try not to interfere with other people's personal affairs.

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

  2. interfere(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. frir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]

  2. Interfere(verb)

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

    Etymology: [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. frir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]

  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

    Etymology: [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. frir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]

  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

    Etymology: [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. frir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]

  5. Interfere(verb)

    to cover the same ground; to claim the same invention

    Etymology: [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. frir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Interfere

    in-tėr-fēr′, v.i. to come in collision: to intermeddle: to interpose: to act reciprocally—said of waves, rays of light, &c.—ns. Interfer′ence; Interfer′er.—adv. Interfer′ingly. [Through O. Fr., from L. inter, between, ferīre, to strike.]

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of interfere in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of interfere in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of interfere in a Sentence

  1. Onsi Sawiris:

    “I don’t interfere with my sons’ business decisions, but if my opinion is sought out, I will tell them what I think. They don’t always listen to what I have to say, though,”

  2. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker:

    We have to be on guard, at the Department of Justice, especially at the FBI, we had a unique view as to how to interrupt their effort. Justice Department's a counterespionage, counterintelligence, all of the kind of things that you do when other countries are trying to interfere in your domestic elections.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    One should as a rule respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyranny, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.

  4. The Washington Post:

    Given Putin's background -- a trained career KGB officer -- Vladimir Putin has a very astute and sophisticated understanding of the tools that Vladimir Putin can use to interfere with our election process and to sow discord and distrust, which Vladimir Putin is doing fairly well.

  5. Bill de Blasio:

    It's not acceptable for anyone to resist arrest, it's not acceptable for anyone to interfere with The NYPD when they're effectuating an arrest, throwing things at an NYPD officer is not only not acceptable, it can lead to charges.

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