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[im-peed] /ɪmˈpid/
verb (used with object), impeded, impeding.
1.
to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin impedīre to entangle, literally, to snare the feet. See im-1, pedi-1
Related forms
impeder, noun
impedibility
[im-pee-duh-bil-i-tee, -ped-uh-] /ɪmˌpi dəˈbɪl ɪ ti, -ˌpɛd ə-/ (Show IPA),
noun
impedible, adjective
impedingly, adverb
unimpeded, adjective
unimpeding, adjective
unimpedingly, adverb
Synonyms
slow, delay, check, stop, block, thwart. See prevent.
Antonyms
advance, encourage.
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British Dictionary definitions for impeding

impede

/ɪmˈpiːd/
verb
1.
(transitive) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
Derived Forms
impeder, noun
impedingly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin impedīre to hinder, literally: shackle the feet, from pēs foot
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Word Origin and History for impeding

impede

v.

c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire "impede, be in the way, hinder, detain," literally "to shackle the feet" (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.

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