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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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British Dictionary definitions for interfering with

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 with
interfere
1440, "to strike against," from M.Fr. enterferer "to strike each other," from entre- "between" + ferir "to strike," from L. ferire "to knock, strike," related to L. forare "to bore, pierce," and cognate with O.E. borian "to bore" (cf. punch (v.), which has both the sense "to hit" and "to make a hole in"). Fig. sense of "to meddle with, oppose unrightfully" is from 1632.
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