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English verb: obstruct

1. obstruct (social) hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of

SamplesHis brother blocked him at every turn.

Synonymsblock, blockade, embarrass, hinder, stymie, stymy

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

Broader (hypernym)forbid, foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent

Narrower (hyponym)bottleneck, check, filibuster, hang, stonewall

2. obstruct (contact) block passage through

SamplesObstruct the path.

Synonymsblock, close up, impede, jam, 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

3. obstruct (perception) shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight

SamplesThe thick curtain blocked the action on the stage.
The trees obstruct my view of the mountains.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)conceal, hide

Verb groupbar, barricade, block, block off, block up, blockade, stop

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