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impede

im·pede

impede

 
pronunciation:
ihm pid
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: impeded, impedes, impeding
definition: to slow or block the movement or progress of; hinder.
The cascades of snow impeded the settlers' progress.
synonyms:
arrest, balk, block, delay, encumber, hamper, handicap, hinder, obstruct, stop, stymie, thwart
antonyms:
aid, assist, facilitate, further, help
similar words:
bar, bottleneck, contravene, deter, embarrass, foil, frustrate, inhibit, interfere, oppose, retard, sabotage, shackle, short-circuit, slow, stall, trammel
derivation: impeder (n.)