Definition of impede in English:

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impede

Pronunciation: /imˈpēd/

verb

[with object]
Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder: the sap causes swelling that can impede breathing
More 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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with impede

accede, 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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Syllabification: im·pede

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