1. To keep back or behind; to prevent from starting or moving forward; to check; to retard; to obstruct; to bring to a full stop; often followed by from; as, an accident hindered the coach; drought hinders the growth of plants; to hinder me from going. "Them that were entering in ye hindered." (Luke xi. 52) "I hinder you too long." (Shak)

2. To prevent or embarrass; to debar; to shut out. "What hinders younger brothers, being fathers of families, from having the same right?" (Locke)

Synonyms: To check, retard, impede, delay, block, clog, prevent, stop, interrupt, counteract, thwart, oppose, obstruct, debar, embarrass.

Origin: OE. Hindren, hinderen, AS. Hindrian, fr. Hinder behind; akin to D. Hinderen, G. Hindern, OHG. Hintarn, Icel. & Sw. Hindra, Dan. Hindre. See Hinder.

(01 Mar 1998)

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