Interfere

  • 1 Interfere — In ter*fere , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Interfered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Interfering}.] [OF. entreferir to strike each other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F. f[ e]rir, fr. L. ferire. See {Ferula}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To come in… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 interfere — ► VERB 1) (interfere with) prevent from continuing or being carried out properly. 2) (interfere with) handle or adjust without permission. 3) intervene without invitation or necessity. 4) (interfere with) Brit. euphemistic sexually molest. 5) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 3 interfere — in·ter·fere vi fered, fer·ing 1: to act in a way that impedes or obstructs others 2: to enter into the concerns of others Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 interfere — [in΄tər fir′] vi. interfered, interfering [OFr (s )entreferir, to strike (each other) < entre , INTER + férir < L ferire, to strike < IE base * bher > BORE1] 1. to knock one foot or leg against the other: said of a horse 2. to come… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 interfere — (v.) mid 15c., to strike against, from M.Fr. enterferer to strike each other, from entre between (see ENTRE (Cf. entre )) + ferir to strike, from L. ferire to knock, strike, related to L. forare to bore, pierce (see BORE (Cf …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 interfere — 1 interpose, intervene, mediate, intercede Analogous words: impede, obstruct, block, *hinder, bar 2 *meddle, intermeddle, tamper Analogous words: intrude, interlope, butt in, obtrude: incommode, discommode, inconvenience, trouble: thwart, foil,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 interfere — [v] meddle, intervene baffle, balk, barge in, busybody*, butt in*, conflict, discommode, foil, fool with, frustrate, get in the way*, get involved, hamper, handicap, hang up*, hinder, hold up, horn in*, impede, incommode, inconvenience, inhibit,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 interfere — 01. My mother always told me not to [interfere] in other people s business. 02. [Interference] from your mother tongue is always a factor in the acquisition of a second language. 03. The United States has no right to [interfere] in the internal… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 9 interfere — in|ter|fere [ ,ıntər fır ] verb intransitive ** to deliberately become involved in a situation and try to influence the way that it develops, although you have no right to do this: I don t want to interfere, but maybe you d better listen to me.… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 10 interfere — verb ADVERB ▪ seriously ▪ Emotional problems can seriously interfere with a student s work. ▪ directly ▪ The judge cannot interfere directly in these proceedings. ▪ constantly …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 11 interfere */*/ — UK [ˌɪntə(r)ˈfɪə(r)] / US [ˌɪntərˈfɪr] verb [intransitive] Word forms interfere : present tense I/you/we/they interfere he/she/it interferes present participle interfering past tense interfered past participle interfered to deliberately become… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 interfere — in|ter|fere [ˌıntəˈfıə US tərˈfır] v [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: entreferir [i] to hit each other , from ferir to hit ] to deliberately get involved in a situation where you are not wanted or needed = ↑meddle ▪ My daughter in law said …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 interfere — interferer, n. interferingly, adv. /in teuhr fear /, v.i., interfered, interfering. 1. to come into opposition, as one thing with another, esp. with the effect of hampering action or procedure (often fol. by with): Constant distractions interfere …

    Universalium

  • 14 interfere — v. (D; intr.) to interfere in; with USAGE NOTE: In BE, to interfere with smb. often means to molest smb. sexually . * * * [ˌɪntə fɪə] with (USAGE NOTE: In BE, to interfere with smb. often means to molest smb. sexually .) (D; intr.) to interfere… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 interfere — [[t]ɪ̱ntə(r)fɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] interferes, interfering, interfered 1) VERB (disapproval) If you say that someone interferes in a situation, you mean they get involved in it although it does not concern them and their involvement is not wanted. I wish… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 interfere — verb (I) to deliberately get involved in a situation that does not concern you, and try to influence what happens in a way that annoys people: I wish you d stop interfering you ve caused enough problems already. | the interfering old busybody (+… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 interfere — /ɪntəˈfɪə / (say intuh fear) verb (i) (interfered, interfering) 1. to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose: *it was outrageous for Mr Borbidge to continue to politically interfere in the CJC process. –aap news, 2000. 2. to take a part… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 18 interfere — verb a) To get involved or involve oneself, causing disturbance. I always try not to interfere with other people’s personal affairs. b) (physics) (of waves) To be correlated with each other when overlapped or superposed. Correlated waves… …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 interfere — verb 1》 (interfere with) prevent from continuing or being carried out properly.     ↘get in the way of.     ↘handle or adjust without permission.     ↘Law attempt to bribe or intimidate (a witness). 2》 intervene without invitation or necessity.… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 20 interfere — verb 1) we don t let emotion interfere with our duty Syn: impede, obstruct, stand in the way of, hinder, inhibit, restrict, constrain, hamper, handicap, cramp, check, block; disturb, disrupt, influence, impinge on …

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