Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To block up; to stop up or close, as a way or passage; to place an obstacle in, or fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent or hinder passing
  • transitive v. To be, or come, in the way of; to hinder from passing; to stop; to impede; to retard

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To block up; stop up or close, as a way or passage; fill with obstacles or impediments that prevent passing.
  • To hinder from passing; stop; impede in any way; check.
  • To retard; interrupt; delay: as, progress is often obstructed by difficulties, though not entirely stopped.
  • Synonyms To bar, barricade, blockade, arrest, clog, choke, dam up, embarrass, See obstacle.
  • n. An obstruction.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  • v. shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight
  • v. block passage through

Etymologies

Latin obstruere, obstrūct- : ob-, against; see ob- + struere, to pile up; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Obviously, the Republicans 'desire to obstruct is not based on concerns about qualifications, or, in some cases, even ideology.

    Nan Aron: Republican Obstruction is Holding the Judicial System Hostage

  • 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.).

    Matthew Yglesias » Righting the Course

  • The first thing they do after getting back the full power to obstruct is Shelby shaking down Obama for billions?

    Matthew Yglesias » The Shelby Shakedown

  • But he goes on, — “The apostle advanceth towards his proposed end, and adds, ‘Those whom he called, them he also justified,’ or decreed to justify, in case the called obstruct him not in his way, or by their unbelief render not themselves incapable of justification.”

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • The apostle advanceth towards his proposed end, and addeth, ‘Those whom he called, them he also justified;’ that is, according to our last exposition of the word ‘called,’ he hath purposed or decreed to justify, — to wit, in case the called obstruct him not in his way, or by their unbelief render not themselves incapable of justification.

    The Doctrine of the Saints��� Perseverance Explained and Confirmed

  • They offer no alternatives, no workable plans and in a time of crisis they linger, allowing more destruction and disaster to take place against the will of the majority for purely political reasons ... to "obstruct" implementing any real change.

    Election Central Morning Roundup

  • “Tory leader David Cameron has warned the SNP not to "obstruct" a replacement for the Trident missile system if his party wins the next election”

    Sunday Morning Update:BBC, Bercow and blunders

  • What does an opposition party do exactly if it doesn't "obstruct" a weak and unpopular President from shoving extremist legislation down the country's collective throat?

    Weapons for stopping the Specter bill

  • "The conduct of (Barros) could clearly amount to an attempt to" obstruct "or" pervert "the course of justice," wrote Slatter.

    Edmonton Sun

  • Republicans in the US Congress of attempting "to filibuster" US recovery and "obstruct" progress.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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