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impede (verb) hinder; stop (progress, activity, etc.).
'Impede' means to hinder or to stop or to delay the progress of some activity. When an activity or progress is delayed or totally stopped, it is impeded. A lack of funds impedes the construction of a building; that is, for want of money, the construction of a building is delayed or stopped. If a country experiences successive droughts or floods to its rivers, its economic progress is impeded; that is, the country’s progress suffers seriously because of these reasons.
- Jeffrey's sudden and prolonged illness has impeded his preparations for the diversifications of his business. It has prevented him from opening branches of his company in new territories too.
- The relief work in aid of the earthquake victims is severely impeded by the heavy rains over the past two days. In some cases the relief material has not reached the victims because of the rain.