obstacle

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noun ob·sta·cle \ˈäb-sti-kəl, -ˌsti-\

Definition of obstacle

  1. :  something that impedes progress or achievement <Mosquitoes were a great obstacle to the building of the Panama Canal.> < … elders … often facing daily medical, social, and psychological obstacles. — Vicki Bloom and B. B. Green-Field>

Examples of obstacle in a sentence

  1. He overcame the obstacles of poverty and neglect.

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

  3. Lack of experience is a major obstacle for her opponent.

  4. She swerved to avoid an obstacle in the road.

Origin and Etymology of obstacle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin obstaculum, from obstare to stand in front of, from ob- in the way + stare to stand — more at ob-, stand


First Known Use: 14th century



OBSTACLE Defined for English Language Learners

obstacle

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noun ob·sta·cle \ˈäb-sti-kəl, -ˌsti-\

Definition of obstacle for English Language Learners

  • : something that makes it difficult to do something

  • : an object that you have to go around or over : something that blocks your path


OBSTACLE Defined for Kids

obstacle

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noun ob·sta·cle \ˈäb-stə-kəl\

Definition of obstacle for Students

  1. :  something that stands in the way or opposes :  hindrance



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