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

 

stymie

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈstaɪmi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstaɪmi//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stymie
BrE BrE//ˈstaɪmi//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstaɪmi//
 
he / she / it stymies
BrE BrE//ˈstaɪmiz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstaɪmiz//
 
past simple stymied
BrE BrE//ˈstaɪmid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstaɪmid//
 
past participle stymied
BrE BrE//ˈstaɪmid//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstaɪmid//
 
-ing form stymieing
BrE BrE//ˈstaɪmiɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstaɪmiɪŋ//
 
-ing form stymying
BrE BrE//ˈstaɪmiɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈstaɪmiɪŋ//
 
 
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stymie somebody/something (informal) to prevent somebody from doing something that they have planned or want to do; to prevent something from happening synonym foil He found himself stymied by an old opponent. Financial difficulties have stymied the company’s growth. Word Origin mid 19th cent. (originally a golfing term, denoting a situation on the green where a ball obstructs the shot of another player): of unknown origin.
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