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in·ter·fere

interfere

 
 
pronunciation:
In tr fir
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part of speech: verb
inflections: interferes, interfering, interfered
definition 1: to block or get in the way (usually followed by "with").
Noise from the party next door interfered with her sleep.
synonyms:
block, hamper, hinder, obstruct
similar words:
impair
definition 2: to get involved although not wanted or not allowed by the rules (usually followed by "with" or "in").
The other team got a home run because a fan interfered in the play.He hoped his parents wouldn't interfere with the way he decorated his bedroom.She doesn't want us to go, so she keeps trying to interfere in our plans.
synonyms:
intrude, meddle
similar words:
nose
derivations: interferingly (adv.), interferer (n.)
Word History
Interfere comes from an early French word that means "to strike or knock together." The French word referred to the horseshoe striking the lower part of a horse's leg, which would interfere with the horse's gait.
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