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  1. (transitive) To get in the way of; to hinder.
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Indeed, even the mild intervention of a slash burn, to clear the cutover area of debris, would impede the forest's natural regeneration.
To get investors the best prices, it needs to make a clean sweep of barriers that impede trading.
For boys, the desire to be physically active can further impede their interest in reading.
There are, however, problems that impede a clear interpretation of the data.
Hay fever or some old fashioned antihistamine treatments with side effect drowsiness can generally impede your life style.
Chain mail alternated with steel plates that had been bent around the knight seamlessly so as not to impede his movement.

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