Hamper

Hamper [ HAM-per ]
 noun, transitive verb ]
 MEANING :
 1. (tr.v.) to hinder, impede or curb
2. (n.) equipment on a ship that hinders despite being necessary
3. (n.) a large basket that usually has a cover
 USAGE EXAMPLE 1 :
 The manager made it clear that all factors that hamper productivity must be dealt with.
 USAGE EXAMPLE 2 :
 The Grampian Joint Police Board has criticised the consultation process and is concerned the move will hamper investigations in the north east. 

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