1. To keep back or behind; to prevent from starting or moving forward; to check; to retard; to obstruct; to bring to a full stop; -- often followed by from; as, an accident hindered the coach; drought hinders the growth of plants; to hinder me from going.
"Them that were entering in ye hindered." -- Luke xi. 52.
"I hinder you too long." -- Shak.
2. To prevent or embarrass; to debar; to shut out.
"What hinders younger brothers, being fathers of families, from having the same right?" -- Locke.
Syn. -- To check; retard; impede; delay; block; clog; prevent; stop; interrupt; counteract; thwart; oppose; obstruct; debar; embarrass.