- To impede is defined as to block or temporarily keep something from going forward.
An example of impede is when a road block stops the flow of traffic.
This mans ability to walk is impeded by his shoelaces.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- impeder noun
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transitive verb im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing, im·pedes
Origin: Latin impedīre; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
- im·pedˈer noun