verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.

  1. to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.


  1. not impeded; unhindered


  1. (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct

adj.1760, from un- (1) “not” + past participle of impede. v.c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire “impede, be in the way, hinder, detain,” literally “to shackle the feet” (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.

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