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  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of impede
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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.
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.
Plants infesting waterways grow into a tangled mat, which impedes transport and prevents hydroelectricity generation.
The abuse of new recruits to our Army, while criminal, also greatly impedes successful recruitment efforts.
Patients who do smoke are told to stop smoking, as it reduces peripheral blood circulation, especially to the skin, and impedes healing.

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