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English noun: hamper

1. hamper (artifact) a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)


Synonymsbond, shackle, trammel


Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint


Narrower (hyponym)ball and chain, chains, cuff, fetter, handcuff, handlock, hobble, irons, manacle

2. hamper (artifact) a basket usually with a cover


Broader (hypernym)basket, handbasket


Narrower (hyponym)clothes basket, clothes hamper, food hamper, laundry basket, voider


English verb: hamper

1. hamper (change) prevent the progress or free movement of


SamplesHe was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather.
The imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries.


Synonymscramp, halter, strangle


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


Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

2. hamper (competition) put at a disadvantage


SamplesThe brace I have to wear is hindering my movements.


Synonymshandicap, hinder


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


Broader (hypernym)disadvantage, disfavor, disfavour









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