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  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of impede
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Plants infesting waterways grow into a tangled mat, which impedes transport and prevents hydroelectricity generation.
This sets in motion a cycle of guilt, shame and denial which impedes both treatment and prevention.
Different from a heart attack, broken heart syndrome is caused by a flood of hormones that impedes the ability of the heart muscle to pump.
The professional culture of journalism further impedes the public's interest in elections.
Chasing debtors via the legal system wastes court time, is costly and impedes faster repayment.
This impedes movement of oncoming traffic, which builds up along the main ramp of the flyover.

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