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interfere

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English

Etymology

Old French entreferir, from entre, + férir, “to strike”, Latin ferire, “to strike”, “to knock”.

Verb

Infinitive
to interfere

Third person singular
interfer

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to interfere (third-person singular simple present interfer, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (intransitive) To get involved or involve oneself causing disturbance.
    I always try not to interfere with other people’s personal affairs.
  2. (intransitive) (physics) (of waves) To be correlated with each other when overlapped or superposed.
    Correlated waves interfere to produce interesting patterns, while uncorrelated waves overlap without interfering.
    Where the radio-wave signals of the two radio stations interfere the listener hears nothing but noise.

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