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 Dictionary entry overview: What does impede mean? 

IMPEDE (verb)
  The verb IMPEDE has 2 senses:

1. be a hindrance or obstacle to
2. block passage through

  Familiarity information: IMPEDE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

IMPEDE (verb)

Sense 1impede [BACK TO TOP]


Be a hindrance or obstacle to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events


hinder; impede

Context example:

She is impeding the progress of our project

Hypernyms (to "impede" is one way to...):

keep; prevent (prevent from doing something or being in a certain state)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "impede"):

block; close up; impede; jam; obstruct; obturate; occlude (block passage through)

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)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something

Sense 2impede [BACK TO TOP]


Block passage through

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging


obturate; occlude; close up; impede; obstruct; jam; block

Context example:

obstruct the path

Hypernyms (to "impede" is one way to...):

hinder; impede (be a hindrance or obstacle to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "impede"):

block off; blockade (obstruct access to)

back up; choke; choke off; clog; clog up; congest; foul (become or cause to become obstructed)

bar; barricade; block; block off; block up; blockade; stop (render unsuitable for passage)

earth up; land up (block with earth, as after a landslide)

block out; screen (prevent from entering)

dam; dam up (obstruct with, or as if with, a dam)

tie up (restrain from moving or operating normally)

asphyxiate; choke; stifle; suffocate (impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of)

barricade (prevent access to by barricading)

barricade; barricado (block off with barricades)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

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