hamper hamper  /ˈhæm pər/


  1. (v) prevent the progress or free movement of
  2. (n) a basket usually with a cover
  3. (v) put at a disadvantage
  4. (n) a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)


  1. The government will do all in its power to fight anything that hampers the growth of industry.
  2. The march of the unscrupulous power brokers in the education department is being hampered only by a proactive press.
  3. The much loved employee was given a grand send off along with a hamper that had been thoughtfully packed with a survival kit.


  1. Linking early warning to early action in the Sahel

    While aid agencies agree that early warning systems offer the chance to mitigate humanitarian crises, difficulty in funding pre-emptive measures and government sensitivities in admitting a looming disaster continue to hamper early action.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: IRIN

  2. Oysters may struggle to build shells as carbon dioxide rises

    Ocean acidification could hamper larvae's growth
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Science News

  3. Agents: Fuel-saving measures hamper Border Patrol

    McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Budget cuts have hampered the U.S. Border Patrol's work in its busiest sector on the Southwest border, agents said Friday, with the agency introducing fuel conservation measures in the Rio Grande Valley that have agents patrolling on foot and doubling up in vehicles.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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  1. "Recent press reports suggesting a disconnect between my views and the president's policy objectives have become a distraction at a critical time and hamper efforts in the Centcom region," Fallon said at the time. "And although I don't...
    on Jun 22, 2010 By: Adm William Fallon Source: ABC News (blog)

  2. "Let's see if there are ways of doing this that are both legal, that are constitutional, that uphold our basic principles of fairness, but don't hamper us from getting the banking system back on track," Obama said on CBS' "60 Minutes."
    on Mar 23, 2009 By: Barack Obama Source: ABC News

  3. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement: "Punitive policies and practices only hamper the global AIDS response. I urge all other countries with such restrictions to remove them as a matter of priority and urgency."
    on Apr 27, 2010 By: Ban Ki-moon Source: BBC News

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