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interfere

[in-ter-feer] /ˌɪn tərˈfɪər/
verb (used without object), interfered, interfering.
1.
to come into opposition, as one thing with another, especially with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often followed by with):
Constant distractions interfere with work.
2.
to take part in the affairs of others; meddle (often followed by with or in):
to interfere in another's life.
3.
(of things) to strike against each other, or one against another, so as to hamper or hinder action; come into physical collision.
4.
to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose.
5.
to strike one foot or leg against another in moving, as a horse.
6.
Sports.
  1. to obstruct the action of an opposing player in a way barred by the rules.
  2. Football. to run interference for a teammate carrying the ball.
7.
Physics. to cause interference.
8.
to clash; come in collision; be in opposition:
The claims of two nations may interfere.
9.
Law. to claim earlier invention when several patent requests for the same invention are being filed.
Verb phrases
10.
interfere with, Chiefly British. to molest sexually.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; inter- + -fere < Latin ferīre to strike; modeled on Middle French s'entreferir
Related forms
interferer, noun
interferingly, adverb
noninterfering, adjective
noninterferingly, adverb
Synonyms
2. pry, intrude, encroach, interlope. 4. intercede.
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Examples for interfering
  • The researchers then tried two ways of interfering with the ethylene.
  • Then cellular fluids become acid, interfering with muscle contraction and causing fatigue.
  • Perhaps he felt a certain delicacy in interfering with the selection of a possible successor in office.
  • Moreover, let us be wary of interfering overmuch with either his work or his play.
  • There's only so much an editor can do without interfering in the mental processes of the author and taking over the thinking.
  • If the children are interfering with the work or in physical danger, that's one thing.
  • We do not want the state interfering in our affairs.
  • Multiple data patterns can be written and read within the same area in the material without interfering with each other.
  • Multilevel security prevents users from interfering with one another.
  • The device is pressed to the skin to prevent outside light from interfering.
British Dictionary definitions for interfering

interfere

/ˌɪntəˈfɪə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(often foll by in) to interpose, esp meddlesomely or unwarrantedly; intervene
2.
(often foll by with) to come between or in opposition; hinder; obstruct
3.
(foll by with) (euphemistic) to assault sexually
4.
to strike one against the other, as a horse's legs
5.
(physics) to cause or produce interference
Derived Forms
interferer, noun
interfering, adjective
interferingly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Old French s'entreferir to collide, from entre-inter- + ferir to strike, from Latin ferīre
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Word Origin and History for interfering

interfere

v.

mid-15c., "to strike against," from Middle French enterferer "to strike each other," from entre- "between" (see entre-) + ferir "to strike," from Latin ferire "to knock, strike," related to Latin forare "to bore, pierce" (see bore (v.), and cf. punch (v.), which has both the senses "to hit" and "to make a hole in"). Figurative sense of "to meddle with, oppose unrightfully" is from 1630s. Related: Interfered; interfering.

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