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in·ter·fere

interfere

 
 
pronunciation:
In tr fir
features:
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part of speech: verb
inflections: interferes, interfering, interfered
definition 1: to be 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 show too much interest in the lives of others without having been asked; meddle (usually followed by "with" or "in").
He asked his parents not to interfere with how he arranged his bedroom.
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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