impede

  • 1 Impede — Im*pede , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Impeded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Impeding}.] [L. impedire, lit., to entangle the feet; pref. im in + pes, pedis, foot. See {Foot}, and cf. {Impeach}.] To hinder; to stop in progress; to obstruct; as, to impede the advance …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 impede — I verb annul, arrest, barricade, be a drag on, be an obstacle to, be in the way, block, blockade, bolt, bother, brake, bring to a standstill, burden, cause to delay, check, circumscribe, confine, cramp, cumber, curb, dam up, deadlock, decelerate …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 impede — (v.) c.1600, back formation from impediment, or else from L. impedire impede, be in the way, hinder, detain, lit. to shackle the feet (see IMPEDIMENT (Cf. impediment)). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 impede — *hinder, obstruct, block, bar, dam Analogous words: clog, *hamper, fetter, trammel, shackle, manacle, hog tie: *embarrass, discomfit, disconcert, rattle, faze: thwart, baffle, balk, *frustrate Antonyms: assist: promote Contrasted words: * …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 5 impede — [v] obstruct, hinder bar, block, blow whistle on*, brake, check, clog, close off, cramp one’s style*, curb, cut off, dam, delay, deter, discomfit, disconcert, disrupt, embarrass, faze, flag one*, freeze, hamper, hang up, hold up, interfere,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 6 impede — ► VERB ▪ delay or block the progress or action of. ORIGIN Latin impedire shackle the feet of , from pes foot …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 impede — [im pēd′] vt. impeded, impeding [L impedire, to entangle, ensnare, lit., to hold the feet < in , in + pes (gen. pedis), FOOT] to bar or hinder the progress of; obstruct or delay SYN. HINDER1 impeder n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 impede — UK [ɪmˈpiːd] / US [ɪmˈpɪd] verb [transitive] Word forms impede : present tense I/you/we/they impede he/she/it impedes present participle impeding past tense impeded past participle impeded formal to make it more difficult for someone to do… …

    English dictionary

  • 9 impede — verb ADVERB ▪ greatly, seriously, severely, significantly ▪ The bad weather seriously impeded our progress. Impede is used with these nouns as the object: ↑ability, ↑development, ↑ …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 10 impede — [[t]ɪmpi͟ːd[/t]] impedes, impeding, impeded VERB If you impede someone or something, you make their movement, development, or progress difficult. [FORMAL] [V n] Debris and fallen rock are impeding the progress of the rescue workers. Syn: hinder,… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 impede — verb your efforts to impede our progress will be unsuccessful Syn: hinder, obstruct, hamper, hold back/up, delay, interfere with, disrupt, retard, slow (down), hobble, cripple; block, check, stop, scupper, scuttle, thwart, frustrate …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 12 impede — transitive verb (impeded; impeding) Etymology: Latin impedire, from in + ped , pes foot more at foot Date: circa 1595 to interfere with or slow the progress of Synonyms: see hinder • impeder noun …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 impede — impeder, n. impedibility /im pee deuh bil i tee, ped euh /, n. impedible, adj. impedingly, adv. /im peed /, v.t., impeded, impeding. to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder. [1595 1605; < L impedire …

    Universalium

  • 14 impede — verb to get in the way of; to hinder Ant: assist, help, expede, expedite See Also: expede, expedite …

    Wiktionary

  • 15 impede — Synonyms and related words: arrest, backpedal, backwater, bar, block, bottle up, brake, burden, check, clip the wings, confine, confound, countercheck, cramp, cripple, cumber, curb, dam, dam up, damp, dampen, decelerate, delay, detain, discomfit …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 impede — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. hinder, thwart, block, deter; see bar 1 , 2 , hinder , prevent . See Synonym Study at hinder . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. block, hinder, obstruct, delay, hamper, check, thwart, bar, foil, inhibit, slow, stymie, stop,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 impede — im|pede [ımˈpi:d] v [T] [Date: 1500 1600; : Latin; Origin: impedire, from pes foot ] to make it difficult for someone or something to move forward or make progress ▪ Storms at sea impeded our progress …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 impede — im|pede [ ım pid ] verb transitive FORMAL to make it more difficult for someone to do something or more difficult for something to happen: The darkness was impeding his progress …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 impede — see PEDAL …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 impede — im·pede || ɪm pɪːd v. delay, obstruct; hinder, thwart, prevent …

    English contemporary dictionary