I. verb (hindered; hindering) Etymology: Middle English hindren, from Old English hindrian; akin to Old English hinder behind Date: before 12th century transitive verb 1. to make slow or difficult the progress of ; hamper 2. to hold back ; check intransitive verb to delay, impede, or prevent action • hinderer noun Synonyms: hinder, impede, obstruct, block mean to interfere with the activity or progress of. hinder stresses causing harmful or annoying delay or interference with progress <
rain hindered the climb
. impede implies making forward progress difficult by clogging, hampering, or fettering <
tight clothing that impedes movement
. obstruct implies interfering with something in motion or in progress by the sometimes intentional placing of obstacles in the way <
the view was obstructed by billboards
. block implies complete obstruction to passage or progress <
a landslide blocked the road
. II. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hinder, adverb Date: 13th century situated behind or in the rear ; posterior

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