Meaning of “interference” in the English Dictionary

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"interference" in British English

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interferencenoun [ U ]

uk /ˌɪn.təˈfɪə.rəns/ us /ˌɪn.t̬ɚˈfɪr.əns/

C1 an occasion when someone tries to interfere in a situation:

She seems to regard any advice or help from me as interference.
The government's interference in the strike has been widely criticized.

C2 noise or other electronic signals that stop you from getting good pictures or sound on a television or radio

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  • The political subtext of her novel is a criticism of government interference in individual lives.
  • In the end he moved to another part of the country to escape his mother's continual interference in his private life.
  • They dreamed of a new world order, composed of co-operating independent nation states, free from outside interference.
  • Now can I please get on with the job, without any more interference from you?
  • I'm sorry if he sees it as interference - we were only trying to be helpful.

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

"interference" in American English

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interferencenoun [ U ]

us /ˌɪn·tərˈfɪər·əns/

On the radio, television, or telephone, interference is noise, lines, etc., that prevent a clear sound or picture from being received.

physics Interference between two waves happens when they have the same frequency and produce a force that is either stronger or weaker than one wave alone.

In sports, interference is an action that is against the rules which prevents an opposing player from completing a play.

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