Impede

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Visualize BlockingPlay
Imagine 'impede' as physically blocking progress or movement to understand its application better. SlideThe heavy snowfall impeded the hikers' ascent.
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Negative ConnotationPlay
'Impede' often has a negative connotation, suggesting frustration or inconvenience. SlideProtests impeded the delivery of supplies.
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Metaphorical UsePlay
'Impede' can be used metaphorically to describe non-physical barriers such as emotional or cognitive ones. SlideFear of failure can impede one's ambition.