Definition of impede in English:

impede

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder.

    ‘the sap causes swelling which can impede breathing’
    • ‘This suggests that regulation impedes the adoption of new management practices.’
    • ‘Plants infesting waterways grow into a tangled mat, which impedes transport and prevents hydroelectricity generation.’
    • ‘Those gas bubbles can then block blood flow and impede oxygen delivery throughout the body.’
    • ‘However, sharp differences over how it should be restructured remain a major obstacle impeding the achievement of that goal any time soon.’
    • ‘With cultural barriers impeding population mobility, Europe is unlikely to find this adjustment working smoothly.’
    • ‘So clinicians argue that the delay impedes their ability to quickly and swiftly develop a treatment regime.’
    • ‘This sets in motion a cycle of guilt, shame and denial which impedes both treatment and prevention.’
    • ‘As I tried to enter the concourse, a slow person was impeding my progress.’
    • ‘Because of this exaggerated pressure and release, curb bits impede true feel and understanding between you and your horse.’
    • ‘Employment is scarce as it is, and its time for the unions to stop impeding the progress of this country.’
    • ‘Of the factors impeding industrial activity, only competitive imports increased their negative impact in June.’
    • ‘But entry regulations are impeding new sources of supply to the public.’
    • ‘The committee says delays in acquiring a combat identification system were even impeding the effectiveness of weapons systems.’
    • ‘I'll go out on a limb and predict that the fence will only impede the Asian carp, not stop them.’
    • ‘Successive circles impede travel out of the city and stop air flow which removes pollution.’
    • ‘It has also to be shown there was an intention on his part to interfere with or impede the administration of justice.’
    • ‘And therefore, it impedes our efforts to prevent recurrence of conflict.’
    • ‘And it stops the glare from the sun impeding your viewing pleasure too.’
    • ‘This impedes blood flow to the surrounding tissue and delays healing.’
    • ‘While they may slow or impede the process of change, in the long run they are slower than a rational approach.’
    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
    stymie, foul up, screw up
    scupper, throw a spanner in the works of
    bork, throw a monkey wrench in the works of
    cumber
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

impede

/ɪmˈpiːd/