2. [syn: intervene, step in, interfere, interpose]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Interfere \In`ter*fere"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Interfered; p.
pr. & vb. n. Interfering.] [OF. entreferir to strike each
other; entre between (L. inter) + OF. ferir to strike, F.
f['e]rir, fr. L. ferire. See Ferula.]
1. To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; --
usually used with with; as, interfering claims, or
commands; workers in a crowded shop may interfere with
each other's activity.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
2. To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others;
to intermeddle; to interpose; -- used with in or with; as,
to interfere with the way I raise my children.
[1913 Webster +PJC]
To interfere with party disputes. --Swift.
There was no room for anyone to interfere with his
own opinions. --Bp.
3. To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in
using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but
usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes.
4. (Physics) To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish,
or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of
light, heat, etc. See Interference, 2.
5. (Patent Law) To cover the same ground; to claim the same
invention; as, to interfere with another patent.
Syn: To interpose; intermeddle. See Interpose.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle; "Your
talking interferes with my work!"
2: 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?" [syn: intervene, step in, interfere,
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
142 Moby Thesaurus words for "interfere":
antagonize, arrest, baffle, balk, bar, barge in, be antipathetic,
be inimical, beat against, block, bottle up, break in,
break in upon, burst in, busybody, butt in, charge in, check,
clash, collide, come between, conflict, conflict with, confute,
contradict, contrapose, contravene, counter, counteract,
counterattack, countercheck, counterpose, countervail, counterwork,
crash, crash in, crash the gates, creep in, cross, crowd in, curb,
cut in, dam up, damp, dampen, delay, detain, discommode, edge in,
elbow in, encroach, encumber, entrench, foil, foist in, fool,
frustrate, go against, go counter to, hamper, handicap, hinder,
hold back, hold in check, hold up, horn in, impede, impinge,
impose, impose on, impose upon, incommode, inconvenience,
infiltrate, infringe, inhibit, insinuate, intercede, intercept,
interfere with, interlope, intermeddle, intermediate, interpose,
interrupt, intervene, intrude, invade, irrupt, keep back,
keep in check, kibitz, lock horns, make, meddle, mediate,
meet head-on, militate against, monkey with, obstruct, obtrude,
oppose, oppugn, press in, push in, put on, put upon, repress,
resist, restrain, retard, run against, run counter to, rush in,
sabotage, scotch, set back, slacken, slink in, slip in, slow,
smash in, sneak in, snub, squeeze in, steal in, step in, storm in,
subvert, suppress, swim upstream, tamper with, throng in,
thrust in, thwart, trammel, trench, trespass, trouble,
work against, work in, worm in