impede

To impede something is to delay or block its progress or movement. Carrying six heavy bags will impede your progress if you're trying to walk across town.

Impede comes from the Latin impedire which literally means "to hold the feet," formed from the prefix in- "in" plus pes "foot." Think about walking with a cast on your foot––how slow and awkward that would be. If you have a hard time reading, that will impeded your progress in math. An impediment is something that impedes, such as a physical defect that affects speech––a speech impediment.

Definitions of impede
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v be a hindrance or obstacle to

“She is impeding the progress of our project”
Synonyms:
hinder
Types:
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block, close up, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
block passage through
inhibit
limit, block, or decrease the action or function of
interfere
come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle
set back
slow down the progress of; hinder
hobble
hamper the action or progress of
stunt
check the growth or development of
block off, blockade
obstruct access to
barricade, barricado
block off with barricades
barricade
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
dwarf
check the growth of
Type of:
keep, prevent
stop (someone or something) from doing something or being in a certain state

v block passage through

Synonyms:
block, close up, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
Antonyms:
disengage, free
free or remove obstruction from
Types:
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block off, blockade
obstruct access to
barricade, barricado
block off with barricades
barricade
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
gum up
stick together as if with gum
block off, close off, shut off
block off the passage through
shade
protect from light, heat, or view
close
bar access to
crap up
become obstructed or chocked up
block, choke up, lug, stuff
obstruct
silt, silt up
become chocked with silt
Type of:
hinder
be a hindrance or obstacle to

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