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verb [transitive] informal British English pronunciation: stymie /ˈstaɪmi/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theystymie
he/she/itstymies
present participlestymieing
past tensestymied
past participlestymied
  1. to stop someone from achieving an aim, or to stop some process from continuing

    Richard's attitude completely stymied her.

    positions that have stymied progress

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