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occlude

oc·clude

occlude

 
 
pronunciation:
klud
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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Word Parts
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: occluded, occludes, occluding
definition 1: to close or obstruct (a passage or opening, one's vision, or the like).
Cataracts had begun to occlude her vision.
synonyms:
block, clog, close, obstruct, stop up
similar words:
barricade, bottleneck, choke, constrict, impede, shut down
definition 2: to stop passage of.
synonyms:
block, close, plug, shut off, stop, stopper, stopple
similar words:
choke, congest, seal, strangulate
definition 3: of certain solids, to incorporate (foreign matter or gases).
similar words:
cloud
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: of the upper and lower teeth or jaws, to come together in the proper alignment for chewing.
similar words:
align, close, fit, join, meet
definition 2: in meteorology, to form a composite weather front by the action of cold air overtaking a warm front and forcing it upward.
derivation: occludent (adj.)
Word Parts
The word occlude contains the following parts:
oc- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix oc- is an assimilated form of ob- used before roots beginning with "c." See ob-.
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