The verb hinder means to block or put something in the way of, so if you’re in a high-speed car chase with the police, they might put up a blockade to hinderyour progress.

  • Pronunciation: / 'hɪndɚ/
  • English description: (nontechnical usage) a tiny piece of anything
  • Synonyms: particle
  • Chinese Translation:  阻碍(zu3 ai4)
  • Spanish Translation: obstaculizar
  • ORIGIN: The word hinder came from the Old English hindrian, which means to "injure or damage." That's a little more extreme than what it means today, because, now it just means to get in the way of something or someone. People might not like you too much if you make it a practice to hinder their progress or get in the way of things they want, even it's a small hindrance like blocking someone from getting to the cookie jar.


  • The five, who are also charged with assault and hinderingapprehension, were the last of the 37 to appear in court.
  • Each faces charges of third-degree murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated and simple assault, hindering apprehension, hazing, and conspiracy.

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