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  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of impede
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The weed impedes water's natural flow and can destroy native communities of aquatic plants and animals.
Plants infesting waterways grow into a tangled mat, which impedes transport and prevents hydroelectricity generation.
Patients who do smoke are told to stop smoking, as it reduces peripheral blood circulation, especially to the skin, and impedes healing.
This impedes movement of oncoming traffic, which builds up along the main ramp of the flyover.
Chasing debtors via the legal system wastes court time, is costly and impedes faster repayment.
The professional culture of journalism further impedes the public's interest in elections.

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