Definition of impede in English:



  • Delay or prevent (someone or something) by obstructing them; hinder.

    ‘the sap causes swelling that can impede breathing’
    • ‘Those gas bubbles can then block blood flow and impede oxygen delivery throughout the body.’
    • ‘And it stops the glare from the sun impeding your viewing pleasure too.’
    • ‘This sets in motion a cycle of guilt, shame and denial which impedes both treatment and prevention.’
    • ‘I'll go out on a limb and predict that the fence will only impede the Asian carp, not stop them.’
    • ‘And therefore, it impedes our efforts to prevent recurrence of conflict.’
    • ‘The committee says delays in acquiring a combat identification system were even impeding the effectiveness of weapons systems.’
    • ‘This suggests that regulation impedes the adoption of new management practices.’
    • ‘But entry regulations are impeding new sources of supply to the public.’
    • ‘Successive circles impede travel out of the city and stop air flow which removes pollution.’
    • ‘Plants infesting waterways grow into a tangled mat, which impedes transport and prevents hydroelectricity generation.’
    • ‘As I tried to enter the concourse, a slow person was impeding my progress.’
    • ‘So clinicians argue that the delay impedes their ability to quickly and swiftly develop a treatment regime.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While they may slow or impede the process of change, in the long run they are slower than a rational approach.’
    • ‘This impedes blood flow to the surrounding tissue and delays healing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It has also to be shown there was an intention on his part to interfere with or impede the administration of justice.’
    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
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Late 16th century: from Latin impedire shackle the feet of based on pes, ped- foot Compare with impeach.