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