- Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder: the sap causes swelling that can impede breathingMore example sentences
- 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.
late 16th century: from Latin impedire 'shackle the feet of', based on pes, ped- 'foot'. Compare with impeach.