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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.
2. hold up, stop, check, bar, block, prevent, arrest, restrict, interrupt, slow down, hamstring, interfere with, hamper, inhibit, clog, hinder, retard, impede, get in the way of, bring to a standstill, cumber Drivers who park illegally obstruct the flow of traffic.
3. impede, prevent, frustrate, hold up, slow down, hamstring, interfere with, hamper, hold back, thwart, hinder, retard, get in the way of, trammel, cumber The authorities are obstructing the investigation.
impede help, support, further, aid, encourage, advance, favour, promote, assist, abet
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 ?
When they would thrust at, or parry, the noses of his champing horses, making them swing their heads and move their feet, disturbing a solid dreamy repose, he swore at the men as fools, for he himself could perceive that Providence had caused it clearly to be written, that he and his team had the unalienable right to stand in the proper path of the sun chariot, and if they so minded, obstruct its mission or take a wheel off.
The nations of Europe are encircled with chains of fortified places, which mutually obstruct invasion.
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.
He left in order not to obstruct the commander in chief's undivided control of the army, and hoping that more decisive action would then be taken, but the command of the armies became still more confused and enfeebled.
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.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
But as in carrying them into effect they become revealed and known, they are at once obstructed by those men whom he has around him, and he, being pliant, is diverted from them.
She and Nicolete exchanged many kisses which were hard to bear, and the first quarter of an hour of our journey was much obstructed by the farewells of her far-fluttering handkerchief.
The way through which our hunters were to pass in pursuit of their game was so beset with briars, that it greatly obstructed their walk, and caused besides such a rustling, that Jones had sufficient warning of their arrival before they could surprize him; nay, indeed, so incapable was Thwackum of concealing his indignation, and such vengeance did he mutter forth every step he took, that this alone must have abundantly satisfied Jones that he was (to use the language of sportsmen) found sitting.
Both clever men, neither one nor the other asked himself if any human resistance has ever yet obstructed the progress of truth--when truth has once begun to force its way to the light.
The sidewalk was obstructed by an assortment of interested neighbours, who opened a lane from time to time for a hurrying messenger bearing from McGary's goods pertinent to festivity and diversion.
Early in the morning, before she had risen, he cleared away the snow that obstructed her path to the milk-house, drew water from the well, and brought the wood from the outhouse, where, to his perpetual astonishment, he found his store always replenished by an invisible hand.