English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'impede'

(verb) 
Definition
to block or make progress or action difficult
Fallen rocks are impeding the progress of rescue workers.
Synonyms
hinder
Landslides are continuing to hinder the arrival of relief supplies.
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stop
I think she really would have liked to stop everything right there.
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slow (down)
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check
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
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bar
He stepped in front of her, barring her way.
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block
All attempts to complain to his superiors were blocked.
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delay
The passengers were delayed by bad weather.
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hold up
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disrupt
Anti-war protests disrupted the debate.
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curb
He must learn to curb that temper of his.
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restrain
He grabbed my arm, partly to restrain me.
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hamper
I was hampered by a lack of information.
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thwart
They were doing all they could to thwart the terrorists.
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clog
The traffic clogged the Thames bridges.
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obstruct
The authorities are obstructing the investigation.
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retard
Continuing violence will retard negotiations.
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encumber
fishermen encumbered with bulky clothing and boots
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cumber
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throw a spanner in the works of (British, informal)
Opposites

Additional synonyms

in the sense of bar
Definition
to obstruct
He stepped in front of her, barring her way.
Synonyms
in the sense of block
Definition
to impede, retard, or prevent (an action or procedure)
All attempts to complain to his superiors were blocked.
Synonyms
in the sense of check
Definition
to slow the growth or progress of
Today's meeting must focus on checking the spread of violence.
Synonyms
bar,
stem the flow of,
nip in the bud,
put a spoke in someone's wheel

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