in·ter·fere /ˌɪntə(r)ˈfɪ(ə)r/ 不及物動詞
In·ter·fere v. i. [imp. & p. p. Interfered p. pr. & vb. n. Interfering.]
1. To come in collision; to be in opposition; to clash; -- usually used with with; as, interfering claims, or commands; workers in a crowded shop may interfere with each other's activity.
2. To enter into, or take a part in, the concerns of others; to intermeddle; to interpose; -- used with in or with; as, to interfere with the way I raise my children.
To interfere with party disputes. --Swift.
There was no room for anyone to interfere with his own opinions. --Bp. Warburton.
3. To strike one foot against the opposite foot or ankle in using the legs; -- sometimes said of a human being, but usually of a horse; as, the horse interferes.
4. Physics To act reciprocally, so as to augment, diminish, or otherwise affect one another; -- said of waves, rays of light, heat, etc. See Interference, 2.
5. Patent Law To cover the same ground; to claim the same invention; as, to interfere with another patent.
Syn: -- To interpose; intermeddle. See Interpose.
v 1: come between so as to be hindrance or obstacle; "Your
talking interferes with my work!"
2: get involved, so as to alter or hinder an action, or through
force or threat of force; "Why did the U.S. not intervene
earlier in WW II?" [syn: intervene, step in, interpose]