AskDefine | Define obstruct

Dictionary Definition



1 hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of; "His brother blocked him at every turn" [syn: blockade, block, hinder, stymie, stymy, embarrass]
2 block passage through; "obstruct the path" [syn: obturate, impede, occlude, jam, block, close up] [ant: free]
3 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" [syn: block]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. To block or fill (a passage) with obstacles or an obstacle. See Synonyms at block.
  2. To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress.
  3. To get in the way of so as to hide from sight.


To block or fill (a passage)
To impede, retard, or interfere with
To get in the way of so as to hide from sight

Extensive Definition

Obstruction is the act of blocking or impeding some passage:


obstruct in German: Obstruktion

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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