Definition of interference noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈfɪərəns//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈfɪrəns//
    [uncountable] Energy and physical forces, Radio technology
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  1. 1interference (in something) the act of interfering They resent foreign interference in the internal affairs of their country. political interference in legal proceedings
  2. 2interruption of a radio signal by another signal on a similar wavelength, causing extra noise that is not wanted See related entries: Energy and physical forces, Radio technology
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: from interfere, on the pattern of words such as difference.Extra examples I will not tolerate such gross interference. My boss said she would brook no interference from other departments. The law is designed to prevent interference by local police. They deeply resent foreign interference in their affairs. interference with proper medical procedures political interference in the legal process We will not allow any interference with the normal democratic processes.Idioms
      run interference (North American English)
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    1. 1(in American football) to clear the way for the player with the ball by blocking players from the opposing team See related entries: American football
    2. 2(informal) to help somebody by dealing with problems for them so that they do not need to deal with them You have plenty of friends that can always run interference for you. See related entries: American football
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