Interfere
Interfere In`ter*fere", v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Interfered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Interfering}.] [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. f['e]rir, fr. L. ferire. See {Ferula}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; -- usually used with with; as, interfering claims, or commands; workers in a crowded shop may interfere with each other's activity. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose; -- used with in or with; as, to interfere with the way I raise my children. [1913 Webster +PJC]

To interfere with party disputes. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

There was no room for anyone to interfere with his own opinions. --Bp. Warburton. [1913 Webster]

3. To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes. [1913 Webster]

4. (Physics) To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of light, heat, etc. See {Interference}, 2. [1913 Webster]

5. (Patent Law) To cover the same ground; to claim the same invention; as, to interfere with another patent. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To interpose; intermeddle. See {Interpose}. [1913 Webster]


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  • interfere — ► VERB 1) (interfere with) prevent from continuing or being carried out properly. 2) (interfere with) handle or adjust without permission. 3) intervene without invitation or necessity. 4) (interfere with) Brit. euphemistic sexually molest. 5) …   English terms dictionary

  • interfere — in·ter·fere vi fered, fer·ing 1: to act in a way that impedes or obstructs others 2: to enter into the concerns of others Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • interfere — [in΄tər fir′] vi. interfered, interfering [OFr (s )entreferir, to strike (each other) < entre , INTER + férir < L ferire, to strike < IE base * bher > BORE1] 1. to knock one foot or leg against the other: said of a horse 2. to come… …   English World dictionary

  • interfere — (v.) mid 15c., to strike against, from M.Fr. enterferer to strike each other, from entre between (see ENTRE (Cf. entre )) + ferir to strike, from L. ferire to knock, strike, related to L. forare to bore, pierce (see BORE (Cf …   Etymology dictionary

  • interfere — 1 interpose, intervene, mediate, intercede Analogous words: impede, obstruct, block, *hinder, bar 2 *meddle, intermeddle, tamper Analogous words: intrude, interlope, butt in, obtrude: incommode, discommode, inconvenience, trouble: thwart, foil,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • interfere — [v] meddle, intervene baffle, balk, barge in, busybody*, butt in*, conflict, discommode, foil, fool with, frustrate, get in the way*, get involved, hamper, handicap, hang up*, hinder, hold up, horn in*, impede, incommode, inconvenience, inhibit,… …   New thesaurus

  • interfere — 01. My mother always told me not to [interfere] in other people s business. 02. [Interference] from your mother tongue is always a factor in the acquisition of a second language. 03. The United States has no right to [interfere] in the internal… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • interfere — in|ter|fere [ ,ıntər fır ] verb intransitive ** to deliberately become involved in a situation and try to influence the way that it develops, although you have no right to do this: I don t want to interfere, but maybe you d better listen to me.… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • interfere — verb ADVERB ▪ seriously ▪ Emotional problems can seriously interfere with a student s work. ▪ directly ▪ The judge cannot interfere directly in these proceedings. ▪ constantly …   Collocations dictionary

  • interfere */*/ — UK [ˌɪntə(r)ˈfɪə(r)] / US [ˌɪntərˈfɪr] verb [intransitive] Word forms interfere : present tense I/you/we/they interfere he/she/it interferes present participle interfering past tense interfered past participle interfered to deliberately become… …   English dictionary

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