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Definitions for interfere
ˌɪn tərˈfɪərin·ter·fer·e

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. interfereverb

    come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle

    "Your talking interferes with my work!"

  2. intervene, step in, interfere, interposeverb

    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?"


  1. Interfereverb

    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.

  2. Interfereverb

    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.


  1. interfereverb

    To get involved or involve oneself, causing disturbance.

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

  2. interfereverb

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Interfereverb

    Etymology: inter and ferio, Latin.

    So cautious were our ancestors in conversation, as never to interfere with party disputes in the state. Jonathan Swift.

    If each acts by an independent power, their commands may interfere. George Smalridge, Serm.


  1. interfere

    Interfere generally means to get involved or intervene in a situation or process without invitation or necessity. It can also refer to the act of preventing or hindering a task or action from happening smoothly. In physics, it refers to the process where two or more waves combine to form a resultant wave of greater or lower amplitude.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Interfereverb

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

  2. Interfereverb

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

  3. Interfereverb

    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. Interfereverb

    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. Interfereverb

    to cover the same ground; to claim the same invention

  6. 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. Roger Wilkins:

    We don't want to interfere with ongoing investigations and the way it's phrased could be misconstrued ... We don't have any direct evidence that financial institutions have done necessarily anything wrong or failed to do anything in relation to these things.

  2. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    Although no actual votes were changed in 2016 -- let me be clear in this -- any attempt to interfere in our elections is a direct attack on our democracy, it is unacceptable, and it will not be tolerated.

  3. President Ashraf Ghani:

    No one can interfere in our security sector, these kinds of allegations are unacceptable and we will never allow a foreign country to interfere in appointments.

  4. Paul Ryan:

    And we need it, as Americans, for half a dozen reasons, one is, the Russians tried to interfere with our elections. Two, the Russians are not only bad actors, but they live off of chaos that they continue to try to create in our country.

  5. Morning Joe:

    Donald Trump needs to be impeached. Period, as Bill Weld just said, Bill Weld told a foreign leader two months ago to interfere in our 2020 election. Bill Weld needs to be impeached.

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