from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To retard or obstruct the progress of. See Synonyms at hinder1.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to get in the way of; to hinder
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To hinder; to stop in progress; to obstruct.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be an obstacle to; stand in the way of; hinder; obstruct.
- Synonyms To clog, retard, delay, check, fetter, hamper.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. be a hindrance or obstacle to
- v. block passage through
Latin impedīre; see ped- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin impedire ("to shackle"), from pes ("foot") (compare pedestrian). First attested use as a verb was in William Shakespeare's Macbeth. (Wiktionary)