Main definitions of hinder in English

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hinder1

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make it difficult for (someone) to do something or for (something) to happen.

    ‘language barriers hindered communication between scientists’
    • ‘To a country boy only seven years old it is terrifying, but Jack is determined his handicap is not going to hinder him.’
    • ‘The car park in Kew Foot Road is often full, hindering patients who have no other choice but to drive there as they are not fully mobile.’
    • ‘The lack of open communication in the family hindered Marie's ability to ask for help directly.’
    • ‘‘Financial concerns are the number one thing hindering me from having another baby,’ said Claire, a commercial property agent.’
    • ‘Or should it simply get out of the way and stop hindering fathers who want to do right by their children?’
    • ‘You need not be apprehensive about delays hindering professional growth!’
    • ‘Their lack of communication hinders effective use of technology.’
    • ‘Will this not hinder other children and slow down progress as a whole?’
    • ‘Conversely, products that do not lend themselves to such comparisons encounter difficulty because they hinder valuation.’
    • ‘Howard was a hard man on Home Office issues but it hindered him at the polls.’
    • ‘The only thing that was hindering me was my ankle.’
    • ‘At least the latter should not hinder him anymore.’
    • ‘No matter what sort of buttonholes your machine creates, there are several ways you can help or hinder the process.’
    • ‘This may be unfavourable because it may hinder the operation of organizations that create value for students.’
    • ‘He's hindered by the revival of a gift he had in childhood.’
    • ‘There are a number of difficulties, however, that hinder a fair appraisal of the empirical evidence for symptom substitution.’
    • ‘He won't do anything that will hinder him as a player, and he will do nothing that reduces his standing as a man.’
    • ‘Did he have good reason to think his family would hinder his quest after greatness?’
    • ‘The man's mass seemed to both hinder his movements and create a more menacing movement at the same time.’
    • ‘Protesters say this delay will hinder development of the region and is unfair to road users since they pay the same road tax as other citizens.’
    • ‘There do not seem to be too many technical difficulties hindering the rollout of high bandwidth all-optical networks, according to some companies concerned.’
    • ‘Three factors complicate the abortion question and hinder us from reaching a national consensus.’
    • ‘Here again, Robinson is hindered rather than helped by one of his own.’
    • ‘Once again my complete inability to draw a straight line is hindering me.’
    • ‘We had planned to be in a new building by this stage, but bureaucracy has hindered us.’
    • ‘Blind faith in an over-subscribed, vainglorious myth will only hinder you.’
    • ‘With these uses come consequences, and these consequences have created problems and hinder survival of humans.’
    • ‘Stay away from iced beverages because they hinder digestion and can create toxins leading to skin breakouts.’
    • ‘We are already getting into the next cropping season and any delay will hinder planning as well.’
    • ‘I am more able to work things out now but sometimes the flashbacks hinder me.’
    • ‘Fears of potential difficulties and simple uncertainty hinders them from getting stronger.’
    • ‘Jacob becomes more and more willing to sacrifice anything - romantic love, family - that hinders his quest to defeat his father.’
    • ‘Difficulties like dyslexia or similar learning difficulties hinder progress because people were using a different part of the brain.’
    • ‘On the road, Colin meets various 2D comedy locals who help and hinder him in his travels.’
    • ‘However her dreams, not unlike those of Utzon's, are thwarted by protracted delays hindering the building's creation.’
    • ‘In retrospect, he can see that far from hindering him the college authorities gave him every assistance.’
    • ‘It would hinder firms that could create the growth needed to help deliver the Government's public sector promises.’
    • ‘At times there are other things that hinder you in granting that wish.’
    • ‘Moreover, communication difficulties can hinder immigrant students' interaction with nonimmigrant peers.’
    • ‘The most recent campaigns have moved the anti-walker argument on again, to claim that baby-walkers hinder normal child development.’
    hamper, be a hindrance to, obstruct, impede, inhibit, retard, baulk, thwart, foil, baffle, curb, delay, arrest, interfere with, set back, slow down, hold back, hold up, forestall, stop, halt
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Origin

Old English hindrian ‘injure or damage’, of Germanic origin; related to German hindern, also to behind.

Pronunciation

hinder

/ˈhɪndə/

Main definitions of hinder in English

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hinder2

adjective

  • attributive (especially of a bodily part) rear; hind.

    ‘the hinder end of its body’
    • ‘Sir George strode purposefully towards a grand statue of a heroic millipede raised on its hinder legs clutching a large cross in several of its limbs.’
    • ‘When pursued he makes directly for his hole, and even if his hinder parts should be caught hold of, is extricated with great difficulty.’
    • ‘As William told it, ‘He forgot to fit a tail on his hinder parts.’’
    • ‘When the fish is too large to be swallowed entire, the hinder portion will be bitten off and the anterior part allowed to float or sink.’
    • ‘Memory is seated in the hinder cell of the brain, it is the great register to the little world; and its office is to record things either done and past, or to be done.’
    • ‘He stated that the fore part of the brain contained three ventricles, and the hinder part, one.’

Origin

Middle English: perhaps from Old English hinderweard ‘backward’, related to behind.

Pronunciation

hinder

/ˈhʌɪndə/