“To hamper” – What does it mean?

To_hamperOther examples from the web:

  • Fog hampered the rescue effort.
  • The dancers’ movements were hampered by their elaborate costumes.
  • Unlike Mrs Andreasen, I do not think that this transparency will hamper the finance industry’s competitiveness.
  • There are really too many obstacles hampering citizens wishing to study, work or go and shop in another Member State.

Words from the example sentences you may not know:

RESCUEthe act of rescuing; to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.
ELABORATE = made or done with great care or with much detail.