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

 

interfere

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verb
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈfɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈfɪr//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they interfere
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈfɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈfɪr//
 
he / she / it interferes
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈfɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈfɪrz//
 
past simple interfered
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈfɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈfɪrd//
 
past participle interfered
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈfɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈfɪrd//
 
-ing form interfering
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈfɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈfɪrɪŋ//
 
 
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to get involved in and try to influence a situation that does not concern you, in a way that annoys other people I wish my mother would stop interfering and let me make my own decisions. interfere in something The police are very unwilling to interfere in family problems. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French s'entreferir ‘strike each other’, from entre- ‘between’ + ferir (from Latin ferire ‘to strike’).Extra examples Emotional problems can seriously interfere with a student’s work. If you try and interfere in my life, I’ll leave. The court will not lightly interfere while an interim order is in place. The courts are reluctant to interfere in these matters. The judge cannot interfere directly in these proceedings. They have no right to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. Why was he constantly interfering in her life? You mustn’t interfere with her work. outsiders interfering in local politics The police are unwilling to interfere in family problems. You can listen in, but don’t try to interfere in any way. Phrasal Verbsinterfere with somebodyinterfere with something
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