The verb hinder means to block or put something in the way of, so if you’re in a high-speed car chase with the police, they might put up a blockade to hinder your progress.

The word hinder came from the Old English hindrian, which means to "injure or damage." That's a little more extreme than what it means today, because, now it just means to get in the way of something or someone. People might not like you too much if you make it a practice to hinder their progress or get in the way of things they want, even if it's a small hindrance like blocking someone from getting to the cookie jar.

Definitions of hinder
  1. verb
    be a hindrance or obstacle to
    synonyms: impede
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    block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
    block passage through
    limit, block, or decrease the action or function of
    come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle
    set back
    slow down the progress of; hinder
    hamper the action or progress of
    check the growth or development of
    block off, blockade
    obstruct access to
    barricade, barricado
    block off with barricades
    prevent access to by barricading
    asphyxiate, choke, stifle, suffocate
    impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of
    tie up
    restrain from moving or operating normally
    dam, dam up
    obstruct with, or as if with, a dam
    block out, screen
    prevent from entering
    earth up, land up
    block with earth, as after a landslide
    bar, barricade, block, block off, block up, blockade, stop
    render unsuitable for passage
    back up, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, foul
    become or cause to become obstructed
    check the growth of
    type of:
    keep, prevent
    stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state
  2. verb
    hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
    synonyms: block, blockade, embarrass, obstruct, stymie, stymy
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    obstruct or hinder any discussion
    obstruct deliberately by delaying
    block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
    prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
    slow down or impede by creating an obstruction
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    forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, preempt, prevent
    keep from happening or arising; make impossible
  3. verb
    put at a disadvantage
    “The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements”
    synonyms: hamper, handicap
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    disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour
    put at a disadvantage; hinder, harm
  4. adjective
    located at or near the back of an animal
    “the hinder part of a carcass”
    synonyms: back, hind
    located at or near or behind a part or near the end of a structure
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