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Definition of impede verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

impede

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpiːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpiːd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they impede
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpiːd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpiːd//
 
he / she / it impedes
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpiːdz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpiːdz//
 
past simple impeded
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpiːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpiːdɪd//
 
past participle impeded
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpiːdɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpiːdɪd//
 
-ing form impeding
BrE BrE//ɪmˈpiːdɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ɪmˈpiːdɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] impede something (formal) to delay or stop the progress of something synonym hinder, hamper Work on the building was impeded by severe weather. A number of practical difficulties impeded the process. In what ways did economic factors impede progress? Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Latin impedire ‘shackle the feet of’, based on pes, ped- ‘foot’. Compare with impeach.
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