Definition of impede in English:


Syllabification: im·pede
Pronunciation: /imˈpēd


[with object]
  • Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder: the sap causes swelling that can impede breathing
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    • And therefore, it impedes our efforts to prevent recurrence of conflict.
    • Plants infesting waterways grow into a tangled mat, which impedes transport and prevents hydroelectricity generation.
    • So clinicians argue that the delay impedes their ability to quickly and swiftly develop a treatment regime.
    hinder, obstruct, hamper, hold back/up, delay, interfere with, disrupt, retard, slow (down), hobble, cripple; block, check, stop, scupper, scuttle, thwart, frustrate, balk, foil, derail
    informal stymie, throw a (monkey) wrench in the works of
    dated cumber


late 16th century: from Latin impedire 'shackle the feet of', based on pes, ped- 'foot'. Compare with impeach.

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