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Definition create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
  • She is impeding the progress of our project
impeding = slowing or preventing
  • She is impeding the investigation.
  • impeding = slowing or preventing progress of
  • Israel destroyed Iraq's only nuclear reactor to impede its nuclear weapons program.
  • impede = slow or prevent
  • Then he limps back up to the treeline, takes off his flowered bedsheet, hangs it on a branch: he doesn't want to be impeded.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • impeded = slowed or hindered
  • But the hill was treacherously steep; he was impeded by the snow and his own lack of strength.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • impeded = slowed
  • Once tonight we have been impeded by the ignorance of the anarchists.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • impeded = slowed or stopped
  • The point is, kid, you're impeding the war effort.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lightning Thief
  • impeding = making difficulty for
  • They attached the line ... being careful that it should neither strangle him nor impede his swimming,
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • impede = slow or prevent
  • She was smiling big and coming toward me at a fast clip, her progress impeded somewhat by the poster, CD, and camera she was carrying.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • impeded = slowed (made more difficult)
  • instead of running after the chief clerk himself, or at least not impeding Gregor as he ran after him, Gregor's father...
    Franz Kafka  --  Metamorphosis
  • impeding = interfering with
  • I felt nothing; yet dreaded to move a step, lest I should be impeded by the walls of a tomb.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Pit and the Pendulum
  • impeded = stopped (from proceeding)
  • ...the folding doors slide back nearly to the walls on either hand, so that the view of the whole extent is scarcely impeded.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • impeded = obstructed (made more difficult)
  • all that impedes thee from...
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • impedes = prevents
  • Hand between both upper thighs a possibility, but this position would impede walking on the part of the subject, and no limping or stumbling is detectable.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Oryx and Crake
  • And it does not become us, who assist in making the laws, to impede or interfere with those who carry them into execution.
    Dickens, Charles  --  Bleak House
  • Deane was too shrewd and practical a man to allow either his reminiscences or his snuff to impede the progress of trade.
    Eliot, George  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Rocks impeded the progress of the car, and these had to be rolled out of the way.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • I was more convinced than ever that the government was behind much of the violence and the violence was impeding the negotiations.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Owing to her baby, who somewhat impeded Thomasin's view forward and distracted her mind, she did at last lose the track.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • He is therefore impeded and inhibited and self-conscious as Shakespeare might have been if he too had known Miss Clough and Miss Davies.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One's Own

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