Obstruct meaning

əb-strŭkt, ŏb-
To block or fill (a passage or opening) with obstacles or an obstacle.
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To block or stop up (a passage) with obstacles or impediments; dam; clog.
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To hinder (progress, an activity, etc.); impede.
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To cut off from being seen; block (the view)
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To block or fill (a passage) with obstacles or an obstacle. See Synonyms at block.
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To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress.
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To get in the way of so as to hide from sight.
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To obstruct is to block or slow or cut off from view.

An example of obstruct is to park a police car in the center of the street to stop traffic.

An example of obstruct is to hide the plans to keep the construction crew from starting their work.

An example of obstruct is what a large column does to the view from the balcony seats.

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To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder.

Obstructed my progress.

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To be or get in the way of (a view or something to be seen).
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Origin of obstruct

  • Latin obstruere obstrūct- ob- against ob– struere to pile up ster-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin past participle stem obstruct- (“blocked up"), from verb obstruere, from ob (“against") + struere (“pile up, build")

    From Wiktionary