AskDefine | Define impede

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1 be a hindrance or obstacle to; "She is impeding the progress of our project" [syn: hinder]
2 block passage through; "obstruct the path" [syn: obstruct, obturate, occlude, jam, block, close up] [ant: free]

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  1. to get in the way of; to hinder

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