obstruct obstruct  /əb ˈstrəkt/


  1. (v) hinder or prevent the progress or accomplishment of
  2. (v) block passage through
  3. (v) shut out from view or get in the way so as to hide from sight


  1. To obstruct a proceeding or tamper with a witness, there must be both a witness and a proceeding.
  2. If pieces of these plaques break off and obstruct blood flow to the brain, a seizure could occur.
  3. Some Democrats threatened to obstruct the electoral-vote count in Congress.


  1. Former correctional officer guilty of obstructing justice, sentenced two years in prison

    Former Prince George’s County correctional officer Anthony McIntosh was sentenced to two years in prison for obstruction of justice. McIntosh pleaded guilty to obstructing justice on Jan. 4. On June 4, District Court Judge Alexander Williams Jr. sentenced McIntosh to serve 24 months in prison.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Prince George's Sentinel

  2. Bear of the Day: Covidien (COV)

    Plunging earnings estimates may further obstruct shares of this medical products maker
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Zacks via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Council may change sidewalk code

    Marietta's municipal code prohibits downtown businesses from placing items on city sidewalks that will obstruct pedestrian traffic, although many shopkeepers do set some wares out on the walkways during warmer months of the year.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Marietta Times


  1. "They chose to obstruct his confirmation, even though he enjoys majority support in the Senate, and even though their tactics will disrupt our diplomatic work at a sensitive and important time," Bush said earlier in a written statement. "This...
    on Dec 4, 2006 By: President Bush Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "This weekend, I will vote for the motion to proceed to bring that debate onto the Senate floor," Nelson said in his statement. "Throughout my Senate career I have consistently rejected efforts to obstruct. That's what the vote on the motion...
    on Nov 20, 2009 By: Ben Nelson Source: RTT News

  3. "My elemental duty is not to cling to positions, or even less to obstruct the path of younger people, but to share experiences and ideas whose modest worth comes from the exceptional era in which I lived," Castro wrote in the final paragraph of...
    on Dec 17, 2007 By: Fidel Castro Source: Guardian Unlimited

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