Definition of 'obstruct'
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Police had been called because the car was obstructing a road. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And it seems pretty plain that this investigation was obstructed for no justifiable reason. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Often they found their path obstructed by police vehicles. The Sun (2012)The witnesses saw the birds shot but were unable to see who killed them because trees were obstructing the view. Times, Sunday Times (2007)We also knew that elements of the old regime would resist these measures and attempt to obstruct any positive progress. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Small ones are fine, unless they obstruct the view of other spectators. The Sun (2012)Of these only 170 would have partial or obstructed view. A TALE OF FOUR HOUSES: Opera at Covent Garden, La Scala, Vienna and the Met since 1945 (2003)Just before it happened we thought about putting our chairs behind them so as not to obstruct their view but decided against it. The Sun (2015)Police have not acknowledged making any arrest, and there is concern that the investigation is being obstructed. Times, Sunday Times (2014)No farmers farmed, no livestock grazed and no trees cast shadows to obstruct the view from either side of the other. The Tribes Triumphant (2006)THE massive 16,000 obstructed views in the old ground have been reduced to zero. The Sun (2007)It was this view that obstructed his election to membership of the elite photographic co-operative Magnum. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Funnily enough, there was no mention of him being censured in 2000 for obstructing an investigation into his donations. The Sun (2013)But it was beyond the president to reunite two members of her club when so much had already been said, and too many misunderstandings obstructed their path. Behind Closed Doors - advice for families with violence in the home (1988)There's a small piece of woodland obstructing a full view of it, but the noise of the traffic is unavoidable. Times, Sunday Times (2010)To say that big infrastructure projects are about'the political will to overcome the huge obstacles that obstruct their paths' hit the nail right on the head. Times, Sunday Times (2013)
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Translations for 'obstruct'
British English: obstruct /əbˈstrʌkt/ VERB
To obstruct someone or something means to block their path, making it difficult for them to move forward.
Lorries have completely obstructed the road.
- American English: obstruct
- Arabic: يَعُوقُ
- Brazilian Portuguese: obstruir
- Chinese: 阻塞
- Croatian: zakrčiti
- Czech: překážet stát v cestě
- Danish: obstruere
- Dutch: versperren
- European Spanish: obstruir
- Finnish: estää fyysisesti
- French: empêcher
- German: blockieren
- Greek: κωλύω
- Italian: ostruire
- Japanese: ふさぐ じゃま
- Korean: 방해하다
- Norwegian: blokkere
- Polish: zablokować
- European Portuguese: obstruir
- Romanian: a obstrucționa
- Russian: препятствовать
- Spanish: obstruir
- Swedish: vara i vägen
- Thai: ขวางทาง
- Turkish: tıkamak
- Ukrainian: загороджувати
- Vietnamese: cản trở
Definition of obstruct from the Collins English Dictionary
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