From Latin past participle stem obstruct- (“blocked up”), from verb obstruere, from ob (“against”) + struere (“pile up, build”)
obstruct (third-person singular simple present obstructs, present participle obstructing, simple past and past participle obstructed)
- To block or fill (a passage) with obstacles or an obstacle. See synonyms at block.
- To impede, retard, or interfere with; hinder: obstructed my progress.
- To get in the way of so as to hide from sight.
To block or fill (a passage)
- Portuguese: obstruir (pt), trancar (pt), entupir (pt)
- Romanian: înfunda (ro), obtura (ro), astupa (ro)
- Russian: (e.g. view) заслоня́ть (ru) impf (zaslonjátʹ), заслони́ть (ru) pf (zaslonítʹ), (e.g. road) загора́живать (ru) impf (zagoráživatʹ), загороди́ть (ru) pf (zagorodítʹ)
- Serbo-Croatian: zapriječiti (sh)
- Spanish: entorpecer (es), estorbar (es), atorar (es), obstruir (es)
To impede, retard, or interfere with
To get in the way of so as to hide from sight