hinder


hinder
hinder vb Hinder, impede, obstruct, block, bar, dam all mean to put obstacles in the way of a person or thing or of his or its action.
To hinder is to check or hold back someone or something in action or about to act, move, or start; the term usually stresses harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress
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from your affairs I hinder you too long— Shak.

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[the artist's] education is . . . hindered rather than helped by the ordinary processes of society which constitute education for the ordinary man— T. S. Eliot

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Sometimes, however, hinder definitely implies prevention
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the rain hindered their going

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machines are sometimes hindered by speed from delivering their best performance— Diehl

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To impede is to impose upon a person or thing that is moving or in action or in progress something that slows him or it up (as by clogging, hampering, or fettering); the term seldom suggests the stopping of movement or progress, but it commonly implies difficulties so great that movement or action are painfully slow or seriously impaired
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around their tattooed limbs they often wore coiled brass rings or bands, which in time became so tight that they impeded the circulation— Heiser

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the teaching of mathematics is . . . impeded by the use of Roman symbols— Grandgent

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he . . . placed his hand on hers, impeding the rapidity of her embroidery needle— Rose Macaulay

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To obstruct is to hinder free or easy passage; the word implies interference with something in motion or in progress or obstacles in the path or channel
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highways obstructed by fallen trees after a storm

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the tall building obstructed the light from the west

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the view was obstructed by billboards

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the restriction of the power of the House of Lords to obstruct legislation— Plummer

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To block (often with up) is to obstruct so effectively as to close all means of egress or ingress and to prevent all passage
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shifting sand blocked the entrance to the channel

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his nose was blocked up by a cold

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in these wild places ... a snowstorm . . . does not block the King's highways and paralyze traffic as [in] London— Jefferies

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To bar is to block or to prohibit passage, ingress, or egress
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a long freight train . . . barred the passage along the road— Anderson

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that route is barred to steamers— Kipling

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Sometimes the implication of prohibition is so strong that there is no hint of blocking
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the law of arms doth bar the use of venomed shot in warButler d. 1680

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To dam (often with up) is to obstruct with obstacles that prevent a continued flow (as of water, speech, or emotion) and so provide no outlet or exit
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fallen trees dammed up the brook

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the strait pass was dammed with dead men— Shak.

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trembling with dammed-up emotion

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Analogous words: *arrest, check, interrupt: *hamper, fetter, clog, trammel, shackle, manacle, hog-tie: *restrain, inhibit, curb, check: baffle, balk, *frustrate
Antonyms: further
Contrasted words: *advance, forward, promote: *speed, accelerate, quicken
hinder adj hind, rear, *posterior, after, back
Antonyms: front, fore

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