November 16, 2011
- impede (verb)
- What does it mean?
- : to interfere with the movement or progress of
- How do you use it?
- "He began to walk faster on feet that he could no longer feel. But the hill was treacherously steep; he was impeded by the snow and his own lack of strength." (Lois Lowry, The Giver)
- Are you a word wiz?
What do you think the root word of "impede" means?"Impede" combines the Latin prefix "in-," meaning "not," with "ped," which means "foot." When you "impede" someone, you are stopping them from using their feet to move forward. "Ped" is also frequently used in words that refer to a certain number of feet, such as biped (two), quadruped (four), centipede (an animal thought to have 100 feet), and millipede (said to have 1000 feet). You use your feet to "pedal" something and a person who is walking is a "pedestrian," while an instrument that measures the distance covered in walking is a "pedometer."