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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.

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. Morgan Stanley:

    Many OPEC members ... have plans to grow, so cutting supply now may interfere with those objectives.

  2. Boies Schiller managing partner:

    We were not going to let Mr. Hollander's private views as expressed anywhere interfere with our taking over the case from Den Hollander and going forward with it.

  3. Asif Ali Zardari:

    Don’t disturb us or we will also respond to a brick with a brick, there is a limit to everything. Do not interfere in matters where you have no authority.

  4. Jamie Raskin:

    There are these dramatic episodes of presidential attempts to interfere with the Mueller investigation, and I think people would like to hear from a number of officials involved. White House counsel McGahn jumps out as an important witness.

  5. Ed Hine:

    Is it a two billion dollar catastrophe or a ten billion dollar catastrophe, a lot of times that’s not known very quickly, this is a technology that can help to make that process go a lot faster and also help to respond to their main customers quickly too and get them their money, said Peter Fuchs, co-founder of drone manufacturer Ascent Aerosystems. While helpful in certain aspects, drones can’t assist in traditional helicopter efforts. Drone operators are cautious not to interfere with normal search and rescue operations, but experts say integration is key to being successful, which means that everyone on the ground has to be on the same page. It’s not just about capturing a lot of data, it’s about capturing the critical data and getting it to the right people at the right time.

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