WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•pede /ɪmˈpid/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -ped•ed, -ped•ing. 
  1. to cause to slow down in movement or progress:A lumber shortage impeded construction of the new house.
See -ped-1.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
im•pede  (im pēd),USA pronunciation v.t.,  -ped•ed, -ped•ing. 
  1. to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct;
im•peder, n. 
im•ped•i•bil•i•ty  (im pē′də bili tē, -ped′ə-),USA pronunciation n.  im•pedi•ble, adj. 
im•peding•ly, adv. 
  • Latin impedīre to entangle, literally, to snare the feet. See im-1, pedi-1
  • 1595–1605
    slow, delay, check, stop, block, thwart. See  prevent. 
    advance, encourage.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

impede /ɪmˈpiːd/ vb
  1. (transitive) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot

imˈpeder n imˈpedingly adv

'impede' also found in these entries:

Word of the day: mood | creepy


Report an inappropriate ad.