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obstructverb [T]

uk   us   /əbˈstrʌkt/
to ​block a ​road, ​passage, ​entrance, etc. so that nothing can go along it, or to ​prevent something from ​happeningcorrectly by putting difficulties in ​its way: After the ​earthquake many ​roads were obstructed by ​collapsedbuildings. Her ​view of the ​stage was obstructed by a ​pillar. An ​accident is obstructing ​traffic on the M11. to ​try to ​stop something from ​happening or ​developing: to obstruct a ​policeinvestigationUK He got five ​years in ​prison for ​withholdingevidence and obstructing the ​course of ​justice.US He was ​charged with obstructing justice.
(Definition of obstruct from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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obstructverb [T]

 us   /əbˈstrʌkt, ɑb-/
to ​block or get in the way of something or someone, or to ​prevent something from ​happening or progressing by causing ​difficulties: Demonstrators obstructed the ​entrance to the ​building. Trees obstructed ​ourview of the ​ocean.
(Definition of obstruct from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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