Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “obstruct”

obstruct

verb [T]     /əbˈstrʌkt/
to block a road, passage, entrance, etc. so that nothing can go along it, or to prevent something from happening correctly by putting difficulties in its way: After the earthquake many roads were obstructed by collapsed buildings. Her view of the stage was obstructed by a pillar. An accident is obstructing traffic on the M11.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting to try to stop something from happening or developing: to obstruct a police investigation He got five years in prison for withholding evidence and obstructing the course of justice.Preventing and impedingLimiting and restricting
(Definition of obstruct verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of obstruct

Definitions of “obstruct” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

closeness

the quality of knowing someone very well, liking them a lot, and wanting to spend a lot of time together

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More