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hurdle

noun hur·dle \ ˈhər-dᵊl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of hurdle

1 a :a portable panel usually of wattled withes and stakes used especially for enclosing land or livestock
b :a frame or sled formerly used in England for dragging traitors to execution
2 a :an artificial barrier over which racers must leap
  • knocked over a hurdle
b hurdles plural, track and field :any of various events in which racers must jump over a series of hurdles
  • won a medal in the high hurdles
  • The hurdles is his best event.
3 :barrier, obstacle
  • a company that faces severe financial hurdles
  • overcame many hurdles on her way to earning her degree

Examples of hurdle in a Sentence

  1. He won a medal in the high hurdles.

  2. The company faces severe financial hurdles this year.

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Origin and Etymology of hurdle

Middle English hurdel, from Old English hyrdel; akin to Old High German hurt hurdle, Latin cratis wickerwork, hurdle


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hurdle

verb

Definition of hurdle

hurdled; hurdling play \ˈhərd-liŋ, ˈhər-dᵊl-iŋ\
transitive verb
1 :to leap over especially while running (as in a sporting competition)
  • hurdling an obstacle in a steeplechase
2 :overcome, surmount
  • had to hurdle a series of competitive auditions
  • Collier's

hurdler

play \ˈhərd-lər, ˈhər-dᵊl-ər\ noun

Examples of hurdle in a Sentence

  1. The horse hurdled the fence.

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Origin and Etymology of hurdle



HURDLE Defined for English Language Learners

hurdle

noun

Definition of hurdle for English Language Learners

  • : one of a series of barriers to be jumped over in a race

  • the hurdles : a race in which runners must jump over hurdles

  • : something that makes an achievement difficult


hurdle

verb

Definition of hurdle for English Language Learners

  • : to jump over (something) while running

  • : to deal with (a problem or difficulty) successfully


HURDLE Defined for Kids

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hurdle

noun hur·dle \ ˈhər-dᵊl \

Definition of hurdle for Students

1 :a barrier to be jumped in a race
2 hurdles plural :a race in which runners must jump over barriers
3 :obstacle
  • He overcame many hurdles to become successful.

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hurdle

verb

Definition of hurdle for Students

hurdled; hurdling
1 :to leap over while running
2 :overcome 1
  • You have obstacles to hurdle before graduating.


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