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

 

hamper

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈhæmpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmpər//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hamper
BrE BrE//ˈhæmpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmpər//
 
he / she / it hampers
BrE BrE//ˈhæmpəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmpərz//
 
past simple hampered
BrE BrE//ˈhæmpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmpərd//
 
past participle hampered
BrE BrE//ˈhæmpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmpərd//
 
-ing form hampering
BrE BrE//ˈhæmpərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhæmpərɪŋ//
 
 
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[often passive] hamper somebody/something to prevent somebody from easily doing or achieving something synonym hinder Our efforts were severely hampered by a lack of money. Word Originverb late Middle English (in the sense ‘shackle, entangle, catch’): perhaps related to German hemmen ‘restrain’.Extra examples Rescue efforts were severely hampered by the bad weather. This has hampered the growth of the export market. High winds hampered the rescue attempt. Indecision on local taxation is hampering councils from planning their budgets. Millions of mothers are hampered in their careers by lack of adequate childcare.
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