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 in a hurry.

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 struggle with reading, that might impede your progress in your social studies class. An impediment is something that impedes, such as a physical defect that affects speech — a speech impediment.

Definitions of impede
  1. verb
    be a hindrance or obstacle to
    “She is impeding the progress of our project”
    synonyms: hinder
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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
  2. verb
    block passage through
    synonyms: block, close up, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
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    disengage, free
    free or remove obstruction from
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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
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    hinder
    be a hindrance or obstacle to
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