1 [hin-der]
verb (used with object)
to cause delay, interruption, or difficulty in; hamper; impede: The storm hindered our progress.
to prevent from doing, acting, or happening; stop: to hinder a man from committing a crime.
verb (used without object)
to be an obstacle or impediment.

before 1000; Middle English hindren, Old English hindrian to hold back, equivalent to hinder hinder2 + -ian causative verb suffix

hinderer, noun
hinderingly, adverb
unhindered, adjective
unhindering, adjective
unhinderingly, adverb

1. encumber, obstruct, trammel. 2. block, thwart. See prevent.

1. encourage.
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2 [hahyn-der]
situated at the rear or back; posterior: the hinder part of a carcass.
Chiefly Northern and North Midland U.S. the buttocks.

1250–1300; Middle English; compare Old English hinder (adv.) behind; cognate with German hinter (preposition) behind

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hinder1 (ˈhɪndə)
1.  to be or get in the way of (someone or something); hamper
2.  (tr) to prevent
[Old English hindrian; related to Old Norse hindra, Old High German hintarōn]
adj, —n

hinder2 (ˈhaɪndə)
(prenominal) situated at or further towards the back or rear; posterior: the hinder parts
[Old English; related to Old Norse hindri latter, Gothic hindar beyond, Old High German hintar behind]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. hindrian "to harm, injure, impair," from P.Gmc. *khinderojanan, from a root meaning "on that side of, behind" (cf. hind (adj.)); thus the ground sense is "to put or keep back." Cognate of O.N. hindra, Du. hinderen, Ger. hindern "to keep back."

"rear," O.E. hinder (adv.), possibly comparative of hind (adj.).
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Example sentences
The last thing you want is for your colleague to hinder your own ability to
  meet deadlines.
There family roots in what was often viewed as a "crude" and
  undesirable culture did not hinder them.
This bacteria can be invasive and may hinder the recovery of the damaged reef.
It will hinder the efforts of all presidents henceforth.
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