Obstacle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɑːbstəkl|  American pronunciation of the word obstacle
Brit.  |ˈɒbstək(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word obstacle


- something immaterial that stands in the way and must be circumvented or surmounted (syn: obstruction)
lack of imagination is an obstacle to one's advancement
the poverty of a district is an obstacle to good education
- an obstruction that stands in the way (and must be removed or surmounted or circumvented)

Extra examples

He overcame the obstacles of poverty and neglect.

They must overcome a number of obstacles before the restaurant can be opened.

Lack of experience is a major obstacle for her opponent.

She swerved to avoid an obstacle in the road.

Fear of change is an obstacle to progress.

The tax puts obstacles in the way of companies trying to develop trade overseas.

Women still have to overcome many obstacles to gain equality.

We want to remove all obstacles to travel between the two countries.

There are formidable obstacles on the road to peace.

...recruits were forced to belly over the obstacle course under simulated enemy fire...

... no obstacle, no incredulous or unsafe circumstance ...

The death of her mother removed the last obstacle to their marriage

She sheered her car around the obstacle

Word forms

singular: obstacle
plural: obstacles
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