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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obstruct, blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrassverb

    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

    "His brother blocked him at every turn"

  2. obstruct, obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close upverb

    block passage through

    "obstruct the path"

  3. obstruct, blockverb

    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. obstructverb

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

  2. obstructverb

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

  3. obstructverb

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obstructverb

    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. Obstructverb

    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.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. obstruct

    To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent passing; as, to obstruct a road, highway, channel, etc.

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  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

Examples of obstruct in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Barack Obama:

    A deliberate and determined effort to obstruct everything, no matter what the merits, just to refight the results of an election is not normal, and for the sake of future generations, it can not become normal.

  3. Lee Zeldin:

    The effort by House Democrats to obstruct, resist, impeach and oppose everything and anything is not in the best interest of our country, congress has important oversight powers and they must be used judiciously. Dissolving a committee entirely focused on fighting terrorism, pursuing nuclear non-proliferation, and improving trade policy couldnt possibly make any less sense to me.

  4. European Union:

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

  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.

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    an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
    • A. obligate
    • B. doom
    • C. moan
    • D. restore

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