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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.

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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  1. Verbs Frequency

    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. Jessica Zwerling:

    As we get older the brain can get smaller, so the bridging veins can have small bleeds and patients may need to be screened cognitively with an examination as well as imaging to look for subtle chronic subdural hematomas that can interfere with walking and cognition and cause chronic complaints.

  2. James Clapper:

    No one can say( the Russians) didn't interfere, and, in fact, I think taint the election.

  3. Chen Xu:

    We urge relevant countries to stop politicizing health issues and using Taiwan issues to interfere in China's internal affairs.

  4. Johannes Teyssen:

    The question is should we heal the problem while it's still cheap, like the British did, or do you run it down the drain and when it's almost broken then you interfere.

  5. Li Chenggang:

    It looks like the U.S. just took the scale of the trade frictions to another level, right now, world trade is relatively chaotic. We believe the U.S. measures interfere with economic globalization and damage the world economic order.

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