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Definition of "obstruct" []

  • To block or fill (a passage) with obstacles or an obstacle. See Synonyms at block. (verb-transitive)
  • To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress. See Synonyms at hinder1. (verb-transitive)
  • To get in the way of so as to hide from sight. (verb-transitive)
  • To block (a road, passageway, etc) with an obstacle (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To make (progress or activity) difficult (verb)
  • To impede or block a clear view of (verb)

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Use "obstruct" in a sentence
  • "Obviously, the Republicans 'desire to obstruct is not based on concerns about qualifications, or, in some cases, even ideology."
  • "And the only reason why the Republican Party has been able to obstruct is because of the filibuster (more accurately, Senate rules, but close enough.)."
  • "The first thing they do after getting back the full power to obstruct is Shelby shaking down Obama for billions?"