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ob·struct

 (əb-strŭkt′, ŏb-)
tr.v. ob·struct·ed, ob·struct·ing, ob·structs
1. To block or fill (a passage or opening) with obstacles or an obstacle.
2. To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress. See Synonyms at hinder1.
3. To be or get in the way of (a view or something to be seen). See Synonyms at block.

[Latin obstruere, obstrūct- : ob-, against; see ob- + struere, to pile up; see ster- in Indo-European roots.]

ob·struct′er, ob·struc′tor n.
ob·struc′tive adj.
ob·struc′tive·ly adv.
ob·struc′tive·ness n.

obstruct

(əbˈstrʌkt)
vb (tr)
1. to block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle
2. to make (progress or activity) difficult
3. to impede or block a clear view of
[C17: Latin obstructus built against, past participle of obstruere, from ob- against + struere to build]
obˈstructor n
obˈstructive adj, n
obˈstructively adv
obˈstructiveness n

ob•struct

(əbˈstrʌkt)

v.t.
1. to block or close up with an obstacle: Debris obstructed the road.
2. to hinder, interrupt, or delay the passage, progress, course, etc., of.
3. to block from sight; be in the way of (a view, passage, etc.).
[1605–15; < Latin obstruere to build or pile up in the way, bar]
ob•struct′er, ob•struc′tor, n.
ob•struc′tive, adj.
ob•struc′tive•ness, n.

obstruct


Past participle: obstructed
Gerund: obstructing

Imperative
obstruct
obstruct
Present
I obstruct
you obstruct
he/she/it obstructs
we obstruct
you obstruct
they obstruct
Preterite
I obstructed
you obstructed
he/she/it obstructed
we obstructed
you obstructed
they obstructed
Present Continuous
I am obstructing
you are obstructing
he/she/it is obstructing
we are obstructing
you are obstructing
they are obstructing
Present Perfect
I have obstructed
you have obstructed
he/she/it has obstructed
we have obstructed
you have obstructed
they have obstructed
Past Continuous
I was obstructing
you were obstructing
he/she/it was obstructing
we were obstructing
you were obstructing
they were obstructing
Past Perfect
I had obstructed
you had obstructed
he/she/it had obstructed
we had obstructed
you had obstructed
they had obstructed
Future
I will obstruct
you will obstruct
he/she/it will obstruct
we will obstruct
you will obstruct
they will obstruct
Future Perfect
I will have obstructed
you will have obstructed
he/she/it will have obstructed
we will have obstructed
you will have obstructed
they will have obstructed
Future Continuous
I will be obstructing
you will be obstructing
he/she/it will be obstructing
we will be obstructing
you will be obstructing
they will be obstructing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been obstructing
you have been obstructing
he/she/it has been obstructing
we have been obstructing
you have been obstructing
they have been obstructing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been obstructing
you will have been obstructing
he/she/it will have been obstructing
we will have been obstructing
you will have been obstructing
they will have been obstructing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been obstructing
you had been obstructing
he/she/it had been obstructing
we had been obstructing
you had been obstructing
they had been obstructing
Conditional
I would obstruct
you would obstruct
he/she/it would obstruct
we would obstruct
you would obstruct
they would obstruct
Past Conditional
I would have obstructed
you would have obstructed
he/she/it would have obstructed
we would have obstructed
you would have obstructed
they would have obstructed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.obstruct - hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn"
stonewall - obstruct or hinder any discussion; "Nixon stonewalled the Watergate investigation"; "When she doesn't like to face a problem, she simply stonewalls"
foreclose, forestall, preclude, prevent, forbid - keep from happening or arising; make impossible; "My sense of tact forbids an honest answer"; "Your role in the projects precludes your involvement in the competitive project"
filibuster - obstruct deliberately by delaying
check - block or impede (a player from the opposing team) in ice hockey
hang - prevent from reaching a verdict, of a jury
bottleneck - slow down or impede by creating an obstruction; "His laziness has bottlenecked our efforts to reform the system"
2.obstruct - block passage throughobstruct - block passage through; "obstruct the path"
block off, blockade - obstruct access to
barricado, barricade - block off with barricades
barricade - prevent access to by barricading; "The street where the President lives is always barricaded"
asphyxiate, suffocate, stifle, choke - impair the respiration of or obstruct the air passage of; "The foul air was slowly suffocating the children"
tie up - restrain from moving or operating normally; "Traffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred"
dam, dam up - obstruct with, or as if with, a dam; "dam the gorges of the Yangtse River"
block out, screen - prevent from entering; "block out the strong sunlight"
earth up, land up - block with earth, as after a landslide
barricade, block, block up, blockade, block off, bar, stop - render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
clog, clog up, congest, choke off, foul, back up, choke - become or cause to become obstructed; "The leaves clog our drains in the Fall"; "The water pipe is backed up"
hinder, impede - be a hindrance or obstacle to; "She is impeding the progress of our project"
disengage, free - free or remove obstruction from; "free a path across the cluttered floor"
3.obstruct - shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sightobstruct - shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight; "The thick curtain blocked the action on the stage"; "The trees obstruct my view of the mountains"
barricade, block, block up, blockade, block off, bar, stop - render unsuitable for passage; "block the way"; "barricade the streets"; "stop the busy road"
conceal, hide - prevent from being seen or discovered; "Muslim women hide their faces"; "hide the money"

obstruct

verb
1. block, close, bar, cut off, plug, choke, clog, barricade, shut off, stop up, bung up (informal) Lorries obstructed the road completely.
4. obscure, screen, cut off, cover, hide, mask, shield She positioned herself so as not to obstruct his view.

obstruct

verb
1. To interfere with the progress of:
Idiom: get in the way of.
2. To stop or prevent passage of:
Idiom: be in the way of.
3. To cut off from sight:
Translations
يَحْجِز، يوقِفيَسُد، يَحْجِزيَعُوقُ
překážet
blokereobstruerespærre
estää
zakrčiti
hindrateppa, tálma
ふさぐ
방해하다
linkęs trukdyti
aizšķērsotaizsprostotkavēttraucēt
zapretizastirati
vara i vägen
ขวางทาง
cản trở

obstruct

[əbˈstrʌkt]
A. VT
1. (= block) → obstruir; [+ pipe] → atascar; [+ road] → cerrar, bloquear; [+ view] → tapar
2. (= hinder) [+ person] → estorbar, impedir; [+ plan, progress etc] → dificultar, obstaculizar (Parl, Sport) → obstruir, bloquear
B. VIestorbar

obstruct

[əbˈstrʌkt] vt
(= block) [+ road, traffic] → bloquer
A lorry was obstructing the traffic → Un camion bloquait la circulation.
(= halt) [+ vehicle] → bloquer
[+ progress, process] → entraver

obstruct

vt
(= block)blockieren; passage, roadversperren, blockieren; viewversperren; (Med) artery, pipeblockieren, verstopfen; you’re obstructing my viewSie nehmen or versperren mir die Sicht
(= hinder)(be)hindern; navigationbehindern; traffic, progressbehindern, aufhalten; (Sport) → behindern; (in possession of ball) → sperren; to obstruct a bill (Parl) → einen Gesetzentwurf blockieren; to obstruct (the course of) justicedie Rechtsfindung behindern; to obstruct the policedie Arbeit der Polizei behindern
vi (= be obstructionist)obstruieren, Obstruktion treiben; (Sport) → sperren

obstruct

[əbˈstrʌkt] vt (block, pipe, artery) → ostruire; (traffic, road) (Sport) → bloccare; (hinder) → ostacolare
you're obstructing my view → mi impedisci la visuale

obstruct

(əbˈstrakt) verb
1. to block or close. The road was obstructed by a fallen tree.
2. to stop (something) moving past or making progress. The crashed lorry obstructed the traffic.
obˈstruction (-ʃən) noun
something that obstructs. an obstruction in the pipe.
obˈstructive adjective
inclined to cause trouble and difficulties. an obstructive personality.

obstruct

يَعُوقُ překážet obstruere blockieren κωλύω obstruir estää empêcher zakrčiti ostruire ふさぐ 방해하다 versperren blokkere zablokować obstruir препятствовать vara i vägen ขวางทาง tıkamak cản trở 阻塞

obstruct

v. obstruir, impedir.

obstruct

vt obstruir, bloquear
References in classic literature ?
Perhaps, sir, I had better call my cousin Hepzibah," said Phoebe; hardly knowing, however, whether she ought to obstruct the entrance of so affectionate a kinsman into the private regions of the house.
From hence, no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight, Starr interpos'd, however small he sees, Not unconform to other shining Globes, Earth and the Gard'n of God, with Cedars crownd Above all Hills.
The nations of Europe are encircled with chains of fortified places, which mutually obstruct invasion.
It is a misfortune, inseparable from human affairs, that public measures are rarely investigated with that spirit of moderation which is essential to a just estimate of their real tendency to advance or obstruct the public good; and that this spirit is more apt to be diminished than promoted, by those occasions which require an unusual exercise of it.
When he stood between me and the flame he did not obstruct it, for I could see its ghostly flicker all the same.
Snow began to fall an hour after they started, a fine snow, however, which happily could not obstruct the train; nothing could be seen from the windows but a vast, white sheet, against which the smoke of the locomotive had a greyish aspect.
Some few minutes had elapsed, and the stranger began to show manifest signs of impatience, when a slight noise was heard outside the aperture in the roof, and almost immediately a dark shadow seemed to obstruct the flood of light that had entered it, and the figure of a man was clearly seen gazing with eager scrutiny on the immense space beneath him; then, as his eye caught sight of him in the mantle, he grasped a floating mass of thickly matted boughs, and glided down by their help to within three or four feet of the ground, and then leaped lightly on his feet.
Either they respect or they fear me, which is more likely, but they let me trample down the clover with my dogs, insult and obstruct every one, and I come back still more weary and low-spirited, that's all.
But these tales were deemed unworthy of credit, all professing to believe that the search had been baffled by want of sagacity or perseverance in the adventurers, or such other causes as might naturally obstruct the passage to any given point among the intricacies of forest, valley, and mountain.
On the side of the Green that led towards the church, the broken line of thatched cottages was continued nearly to the churchyard gate; but on the opposite northwestern side, there was nothing to obstruct the view of gently swelling meadow, and wooded valley, and dark masses of distant hill.
They sting, buzz, and torment, from one end of the year to the other, and by incessantly exasperating the natives materially obstruct the benevolent labours of the missionaries.
She fell on her knees by the side of the inanimate Louisa, tearing from the person of her friend, with instinctive readiness, such parts of her dress as might obstruct her respiration, and encouraging their only safeguard, the dog, at the same time, by the sounds of her voice.