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American English: /ˌɪn(t)ərˈfɪr/
British English: /ɪntəˈfɪə/

intransitive verb

  • 1 (get involved) See examples:to interfere (in something)
    entrometerse or inmiscuirse or interferir (en algo)
    she started interfering, as usual
    empezó a entrometerse, como de costumbre
    the minister didn't interfere
    la ministra no se inmiscuyó or no interfirió
    Example sentences
    • But she'd promised herself she'd never interfere in a situation like that - and she didn't.
    • We've interfered in their lives, their economies and everything, and now because it suits, we say that we cannot interfere in their internal affairs.
    • The relevant people should not make a fuss and should not interfere in business deals for political reasons.
  • 2 2.1 (disrupt) See examples:to interfere with something
    afectar (a) algo
    as long as it doesn't interfere with your studies
    mientras no afecte (a) tus estudios
    don't interfere with me when I'm working (American English)
    no me estorbes cuando estoy trabajando
    2.2 (tamper) See examples:to interfere with something
    tocar algo
    the lock had clearly been interfered with
    era obvio que alguien había tocado or [colloquial] andado con la cerradura
    2.3 (Radio, Telecom)to interfere with something
    interferir algo
    Example sentences
    • Paper items are considered easier to tag because the products don't interfere as much with radio waves.
    • I used to listen to John Peel in the late seventies and early eighties when radio one was still on AM only and you had to tune it exactly or you got Radio Moscow interfering.
    • Satellite engineers also designed antennas that did not interfere with systems orbiting nearby and recommended adequate separation between satellites to prevent signals from interfering.
    Example sentences
    • Many universities report that they instituted the zones to protect free speech rights and prevent demonstrations from interfering with other campus activities.
    • This means the members' hockey activities do not interfere with their jobs or education.
    • This will prevent other processes from interfering with our server while it is actually in the process of delivering a page.
  • 3 (Sport) 3.1 (in US football) See examples:to interfere with somebody
    hacerle interferencia a alguien
    3.2 (in races) See examples:to interfere with somebody
    obstaculizar a alguien
    Example sentences
    • Something I found curious was the fact that to fit in some audio headers where the PCI slots were to be placed, and to stop the cards from interfering with the header, the pins were bent at a 90 degree angle.
    • Differential pairs have to be used, and that means having to add shielding around the pins and often using extra pins to provide round planes to stop the signals interfering with each other through crosstalk at these speeds.
    • The developers must also determine how to control magnetic fields in each memory cell, to stop the fields from interfering with their neighbors and creating errors.
    Example sentences
    • This year alone he has been charged with arson, criminal damage, interfering with a car and two counts of common assault.
    • The teenager must not interfere with, damage or take without consent any vehicle or any other property.
    • She was arrested and charged with criminal damage, assault, interfering with motor vehicles, aggravated trespass and harassment, and causing alarm and distress.
  • 4 (molest) (British English) [euphemistic]to interfere with somebody
    abusar de alguien

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