What does obstruct mean?

Definitions for obstructəbˈstrʌkt

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass(verb)

    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

    "His brother blocked him at every turn"

  2. obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up(verb)

    block passage through

    "obstruct the path"

  3. obstruct, block(verb)

    shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight

    "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"; "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"


  1. obstruct(Verb)

    To block or fill (a passage) with obstacles or an obstacle. See Synonyms at block.

  2. obstruct(Verb)

    To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress.

  3. obstruct(Verb)

    To get in the way of so as to hide from sight.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstruct(verb)

    to block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent or hinder passing; as, to obstruct a street; to obstruct the channels of the body

  2. Obstruct(verb)

    to be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to stop; to impede; to retard; as, the bar in the harbor obstructs the passage of ships; clouds obstruct the light of the sun; unwise rules obstruct legislation

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obstruct

    ob-strukt′, v.t. to block up, to hinder from passing, to retard.—ns. Obstruc′ter, Obstruc′tor, one who obstructs; Obstruc′tion, act of obstructing: that which hinders progress or action: opposition, esp. in a legislative assembly; Obstruc′tionist.—adj. Obstruc′tive, tending to obstruct: hindering.—n. one who opposes progress.—adv. Obstruct′ively.—adj. Ob′struent, obstructing: blocking up.—n. (med.) anything that obstructs, esp. in the passages of the body. [L. obstruĕre, obstructumob, in the way of, struĕre, structum, to pile up.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstruct in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obstruct in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sir John Sawers:

    That's much harder to stop and obstruct as an intelligence service.

  2. Carrie Shapiro-Mendoza:

    The danger is that thick blankets, quilt or pillows can obstruct the baby’s airway, which would keep them from being able to breathe.

  3. European Union:

    Those responsible for violence and those who obstruct or undermine Libya's democratic transition must face consequences for their actions.

  4. Dan Recht:

    As the video clearly shows, he acted calmly and like a gentleman, even in the face of an unjust stop. There was no justice for him to obstruct.

  5. Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam:

    The Security Council plays an important role in holding accountable those who harm civilians, or directly obstruct our efforts to protects them.

Images & Illustrations of obstruct

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Translations for obstruct

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • behindern, versperrenGerman
  • atorar, ocultar, obstruir, esconder, entorpecer, estorbar, impedirSpanish
  • peittää, estää, tukkiaFinnish
  • bloquer, éclipser, obstruer, retarder, interférerFrench
  • ostacolare, ostruireItalian
  • ふさぐJapanese
  • whakahōtaetaeMāori
  • zicht belemmerenDutch
  • bloca, astupa, împiedica, obtura, întârzia, înfundaRomanian
  • загородить, меша́ть, заслонять, препя́тствовать, заслонить, заслоня́ть, загораживать, загора́живатьRussian
  • ometati, zakloniti, zapriječitiSerbo-Croatian
  • అడ్డుకుంటుందిTelugu

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