Hurdle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈhɜːrdl|  American pronunciation of the word hurdle
Brit.  |ˈhəːd(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word hurdle


- a light movable barrier that competitors must leap over in certain races
- an obstacle that you are expected to overcome
- the act of jumping over an obstacle (syn: vault)


- jump a hurdle


He won a medal in the high hurdles.

The company faces severe financial hurdles this year.

The horse hurdled the fence.

Finding enough money for the project was the first hurdle.

He hurdled the fence and ran off down the street.

The runner jumped a hurdle.

... regulations have cleared the penultimate hurdle and appear ready to become law ...

Word forms

I/you/we/they: hurdle
he/she/it: hurdles
present participle: hurdling
past tense: hurdled
past participle: hurdled
singular: hurdle
plural: hurdles
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