June 26, 2019
hamper (verb)
\HAM-per\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to interfere with the movement or operation of : impede
How do you use it?
The members of Claire's environmental science class did not let the threat of rainstorms hamper their efforts to collect as much trash along the riverbank as possible.
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Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "hamper?"

"Hamper" applies to any influence that interferes with something (as in "unwilling witnesses hampered the investigation"), while "clog" suggests a slowing that is due to an outside burden ("silly lawsuits clogged the court system"). "Fetter," another synonym, implies a restriction so severe that freedom to move is almost lost ("a nation fettered by outdated customs"). "Shackle" and "manacle," meanwhile, suggest a total lack of freedom ("a mind shackled by prejudice") ("a people manacled by tyranny").
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