verb (used with object), im·ped·ed, im·ped·ing.
- to retard in movement or progress by means of obstacles or hindrances; obstruct; hinder.
- (tr) to restrict or retard in action, progress, etc; hinder; obstruct
c.1600, back-formation from impediment, or else from Latin impedire “impede, be in the way, hinder, detain,” literally “to shackle the feet” (see impediment). Related: Impeded; impedes; impeding.