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Definition of 'hamper'

Noun

  1. a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)
       Synonyms: shackle bond trammel
  2. a basket usually with a cover

Verb

  1. prevent the progress or free movement of; "He was hampered in his efforts by the bad weather"; "the imperialist nation wanted to strangle the free trade between the two small countries"
       Synonyms: halter cramp strangle
  2. put at a disadvantage; "The brace I have to wear is hindering my movements"
       Synonyms: handicap hinder


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