Meaning of “interfere” in the English Dictionary

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"interfere" in British English

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interfereverb [ I ]

uk /ˌɪn.təˈfɪər/ us /ˌɪn.t̬ɚˈfɪr/

B2 to involve yourself in a situation when your involvement is not wanted or is not helpful:

It's their problem and I'm not going to interfere.
I'd never interfere between (US with) a husband and wife.
Interfering in other people's relationships is always a mistake.

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  • She was resentful of anybody's attempts to interfere in her work.
  • We'd better not interfere - she may not like it.
  • The government warned its neighbours not to interfere in its internal affairs.
  • His article argues that the government interferes in the economy too much.
  • They followed a policy of not interfering in economic affairs.

(Definition of “interfere” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"interfere" in American English

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interfereverb [ I ]

us /ˌɪn·tərˈfɪər/

to involve yourself in matters connected with other people without being asked or needed:

Interfering in other people’s arguments is always a mistake.

If something or someone interferes with a situation or a process, it spoils it or prevents its progress:

Even a little noise interferes with my concentration.

(Definition of “interfere” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)