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in·ter·fere

 (ĭn′tər-fîr′)
intr.v. in·ter·fered, in·ter·fer·ing, in·ter·feres
1. To be or create a hindrance or obstacle: The rain interfered with our plans to go on a picnic.
2. Sports To perform an act of interference.
3. To intervene or intrude in the affairs of others; meddle.
4. To strike one hoof against the opposite hoof or leg while moving. Used of a horse.
5. Physics & Electronics To cause interference.

[Middle English enterferen, from Old French s'entreferer, to strike one another : entre-, between (from Latin inter-; see inter-) + ferir, to strike (from Latin ferīre).]

in′ter·fer′er n.
in′ter·fer′ing·ly adv.

interfere

(ˌɪntəˈfɪə)
vb (intr)
1. (often foll by in) to interpose, esp meddlesomely or unwarrantedly; intervene
2. (often foll by with) to come between or in opposition; hinder; obstruct
3. (foll by with) euphemistic to assault sexually
4. to strike one against the other, as a horse's legs
5. (General Physics) physics to cause or produce interference
[C16: from Old French s'entreferir to collide, from entre- inter- + ferir to strike, from Latin ferīre]
ˌinterˈferer n
ˌinterˈfering adj
ˌinterˈferingly adv

in•ter•fere

(ˌɪn tərˈfɪər)

v.i. -fered, -fer•ing.
1. to come into opposition or collision so as to hamper, hinder, or obstruct someone or something: Constant distractions interfere with work.
2. to take part in the affairs of others; meddle: to interfere in someone's life.
3. to interpose or intervene for a particular purpose.
4. to strike one foot or leg against another in moving, as a horse.
5.
a. (in a game or sport) to obstruct the action of an opposing player in a way barred by the rules.
b. (in football) to run interference for a teammate carrying the ball.
6. to come into collision; be in opposition; clash.
7. Physics. to cause interference.
[1520–30; < Middle French s'entreferir to strike against each other =entre- inter- + ferir to strike < Latin ferīre]
in`ter•fer′er, n.
in`ter•fer′ing•ly, adv.

interfere


Past participle: interfered
Gerund: interfering

Imperative
interfere
interfere
Present
I interfere
you interfere
he/she/it interferes
we interfere
you interfere
they interfere
Preterite
I interfered
you interfered
he/she/it interfered
we interfered
you interfered
they interfered
Present Continuous
I am interfering
you are interfering
he/she/it is interfering
we are interfering
you are interfering
they are interfering
Present Perfect
I have interfered
you have interfered
he/she/it has interfered
we have interfered
you have interfered
they have interfered
Past Continuous
I was interfering
you were interfering
he/she/it was interfering
we were interfering
you were interfering
they were interfering
Past Perfect
I had interfered
you had interfered
he/she/it had interfered
we had interfered
you had interfered
they had interfered
Future
I will interfere
you will interfere
he/she/it will interfere
we will interfere
you will interfere
they will interfere
Future Perfect
I will have interfered
you will have interfered
he/she/it will have interfered
we will have interfered
you will have interfered
they will have interfered
Future Continuous
I will be interfering
you will be interfering
he/she/it will be interfering
we will be interfering
you will be interfering
they will be interfering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been interfering
you have been interfering
he/she/it has been interfering
we have been interfering
you have been interfering
they have been interfering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been interfering
you will have been interfering
he/she/it will have been interfering
we will have been interfering
you will have been interfering
they will have been interfering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been interfering
you had been interfering
he/she/it had been interfering
we had been interfering
you had been interfering
they had been interfering
Conditional
I would interfere
you would interfere
he/she/it would interfere
we would interfere
you would interfere
they would interfere
Past Conditional
I would have interfered
you would have interfered
he/she/it would have interfered
we would have interfered
you would have interfered
they would have interfered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.interfere - come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle; "Your talking interferes with my work!"
hinder, impede - be a hindrance or obstacle to; "She is impeding the progress of our project"
2.interfere - get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not intervene earlier in WW II?"
interact - act together or towards others or with others; "He should interact more with his colleagues"
meddle, tamper - intrude in other people's affairs or business; interfere unwantedly; "Don't meddle in my affairs!"
interlope - encroach on the rights of others, as in trading without a proper license

interfere

verb meddle, intervene, intrude, butt in, get involved, tamper, pry, encroach, intercede, stick your nose in (informal), stick your oar in (informal), poke your nose in (informal), intermeddle, put your two cents in (U.S. slang) Stop interfering and leave me alone!
interfere with someone sexually abuse, abuse, molest, assault, grope, sexually assault Will seeing a probation officer stop him interfering with children?
interfere with something or someone conflict with, affect, get in the way of, check, block, clash, frustrate, handicap, hamper, disrupt, cramp, inhibit, thwart, hinder, obstruct, impede, baulk, trammel, be a drag upon (informal) Drug problems frequently interfered with his work.

interfere

verb
To intervene officiously or indiscreetly in the affairs of others:
Translations
عاقعرقليَتَدَخَّل فييَتَدَخَّل في، يَمْنَع
destorbardificultar
křížit se splést se dozasahovat
blande sigforhindre
pidurdamatagasi hoidmatakistama
estäähaitatavaikeuttaa
megakadályozmeggátol
blanda sér í, skipta sér aftrufla, hindra
妨げる
저지하다
obstoofficio
įkyruskišimasistrukdymaivisur kišantis nosį
iejauktieskavēttraucēt
powstrzymywaćprzeszkadzać
împiedicastânjeni
motitivmešavati se
otežavatisprečitiотежаватиспречити
försvårahindra
kingakinza
กีดกีดขวาง
burnunu sokmakengellemekkarışmak

interfere

[ˌɪntəˈfɪəʳ] VI
1. (= pry, intrude) → entrometerse, meterse (in en) he's always interferingse mete en todo
who told you to interfere?¿quién te mete a ti en esto?
stop interfering!¡deja de entrometerte!
2. (= meddle) to interfere with sthmanosear or tocar algo
who has been interfering with the TV?¿quién ha estado tocando la televisión?
3. (= hinder) to interfere with sthafectar a algo
it mustn't interfere with my workno debe afectar a mi trabajo
I don't want to interfere with your plansno quiero interferir con tus planes
4. (Rad, TV) to interfere with sthinterferir con algo

interfere

[ˌɪntərˈfɪər] vi
[person] → s'en mêler
Don't interfere - I can sort this out by myself → Ne t'en mêle pas - Je peux m'occuper de ça toute seule.
Don't interfere! → Ne vous en mêlez pas!
Stop interfering! → Cesse de te mêler des affaires des autres!
I wish everyone would stop interfering → J'aimerais bien que chacun arrête de se mêler des affaires des autres.
to interfere in [+ quarrel, other people's business] → mettre son nez dans; [+ serious matters] → s'ingérer dans
My mother interferes in things → Ma mère met son nez partout.
The UN cannot interfere in the internal affairs of any country → Les Nations unies ne peuvent s'ingérer dans les affaires internes d'un pays, quel qu'il soit.
to interfere with [+ thing] → tripoter, toucher à; [+ plans] → contrecarrer
[thing] (= cause problems) → être un obstacle
to interfere with sth (= disrupt) → interférer avec qch
These signals interfered with our radio broadcasts → Ces signaux interféraient avec nos émissions radiophoniques.

interfere

vi
(= meddle) (in argument, sb’s affairs) → sich einmischen (→ in in +acc); (with machinery, sb’s property) → sich zu schaffen machen (→ with an +dat); (euph: sexually) → sich vergehen (→ with an +dat); don’t interfere with the machinelass die Finger von der Maschine; who’s been interfering with my books?wer war an meinen Büchern?; the body has been interfered withjemand hatte sich an der Leiche zu schaffen gemacht; (sexually) → die Leiche zeigte Spuren eines Sexualverbrechens
(thing, event: = disrupt, obstruct) to interfere with somethingetw stören (also Rad); with work, ability to do sthetw beeinträchtigen; to interfere with somebody’s plansjds Pläne durchkreuzen

interfere

[ˌɪntəˈfɪəʳ] vi
a. to interfere (in sth) (quarrel, other people's business) → interferire (in qc), intromettersi (in qc)
to interfere with sth (object) → manomettere qc (plans) → intralciare qc (process, activity) → interferire con qc (Radio, TV) → causare delle interferenze in qc
he is always interfering → si intromette sempre in tutto
stop interfering! → smettila di interferire!
b. (euph) (sexually) to interfere with sbmolestare sessualmente qn

interfere

(intəˈfiə) verb
1. (often with in, ~with) to (try to) become involved in etc, when one's help etc is not wanted. I wish you would stop interfering (with my plans); Don't interfere in other people's business!
2. (with with) to prevent, stop or slow down the progress of. He doesn't let anything interfere with his game of golf on Saturday mornings.
ˌinterˈference noun
1. the act of interfering. She was infuriated by his mother's interference in their holiday arrangements.
2. (the spoiling of radio or television reception by) the noise caused by programmes from another station, bad weather etc. This television set picks up a lot of interference.
ˌinterˈfering adjective
an interfering old woman.

interfere

v. interferir, entermediar.

interfere

vi interferir
References in classic literature ?
We don't keep silence to shield him, but someone else, and it will make more trouble if you interfere.
So determined was she that the boy should this time feel the weight of her wrath that, although she would not allow the marshal to interfere with his adventure, she got out a pencil and paper and wrote down a series of sharp, sting- ing reproofs she intended to pour out upon him.
Pontellier declined to interfere, to interpose either his influence or his authority.
As every vehicle and each beast of burden was occupied by the sick and wounded, Cora had decided to endure the fatigues of a foot march, rather than interfere with their comforts.
Carr smiled, and dropped the subject, but it is probable that his daughters' want of sympathy with his acquaintances did not in the least interfere with his social prestige.
And we must be dead ourselves before we can begin to have our proper influence on our own world, which will then be no longer our world, but the world of another generation, with which we shall have no shadow of a right to interfere.
Think not that I shall interfere with Heaven's own method of retribution, or, to my own loss, betray him to the gripe of human law.
Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when they see it; you did right, my boy.
Jurgis was so bent upon his task that he knew nothing of this, and scarcely realized that people were trying to interfere with him; it was only when half a dozen men had seized him by the legs and shoulders and were pulling at him, that he understood that he was losing his prey.
If they pay the tax from a mistaken interest in the individual taxed, to save his property, or prevent his going to jail, it is because they have not considered wisely how far they let their private feelings interfere with the public good.
I must not interfere too much and get myself a name for riding over the country's laws and the citizen's rights roughshod.
The judge and the widow went to law to get the court to take me away from him and let one of them be my guardian; but it was a new judge that had just come, and he didn't know the old man; so he said courts mustn't interfere and separate families if they could help it; said he'd druther not take a child away from its father.