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English verb: impede

1. impede (social) be a hindrance or obstacle to

SamplesShe is impeding the progress of our project.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)keep, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)block, close up, hobble, impede, inhibit, interfere, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude, set back, stunt

2. impede (contact) block passage through

SamplesObstruct the path.

Synonymsblock, close up, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hinder, impede

Narrower (hyponym)asphyxiate, back up, bar, barricade, barricade, barricade, barricado, block, block off, block off, block out, block up, blockade, blockade, choke, choke, choke off, clog, clog up, congest, dam, dam up, earth up, foul, land up, screen, stifle, stop, suffocate, tie up

Antonymsdisengage, free

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