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Meaning of INTERFERE

Pronunciation:  `intur'feer

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle; "Your talking interferes with my work!"
  2. [v]  get involved, usually so as to hinder or halt an action; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"

INTERFERE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: interpose, intervene, step in
 See Also: hinder, horn in, impede, interact, interlope, intrude into, meddle, meddle with, poke into, tamper



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.]
1. To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; as,
   interfering claims, or commands.

2. To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others;
   to intermeddle; to interpose.

         To interfere with party disputes.     --Swift.

         There was no room for anyone to interfere with his
         own opinions.                         --Bp.

3. To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in
   using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but
   usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes.

4. (Physics) To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish,
   or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of
   light, heat, etc. See {Interference}, 2.

5. (Patent Law) To cover the same ground; to claim the same

Syn: To interpose; intermeddle. See {Interpose}.

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