Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder: the sap causes swelling which 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, handicap, hold back, hold up, delay, interfere with, disrupt, retard, slow, slow down, brake, put a brake on, restrain, fetter, shackle, hamstring, cramp, cripple;
block, check, bar, curb, stop, thwart, frustrate, baulk, foil, derail, stand in the way of
informal stymie, foul up, screw up
British informal scupper, throw a spanner in the works of
North American informal bork, throw a monkey wrench in the works of
Late 16th century: from Latin impedire 'shackle the feet of', based on pes, ped- 'foot'. Compare with impeach.
Words that rhyme with impedeaccede, bead, Bede, bleed, breed, cede, concede, creed, deed, Eid, exceed, feed, Gide, God speed, greed, he'd, heed, interbreed, intercede, Jamshid, knead, lead, mead, Mede, meed, misdeed, mislead, misread, need, plead, proceed, read, rede, reed, Reid, retrocede, screed, secede, seed, she'd, speed, stampede, steed, succeed, supersede, Swede, tweed, weak-kneed, we'd, weed
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