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Definition of obstacle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1obstacle (to something/to doing something) a situation, an event, etc. that makes it difficult for you to do or achieve something synonym hindrance A lack of qualifications can be a major obstacle to finding a job. So far, we have managed to overcome all the obstacles that have been placed in our path. The senator claims that there is now no obstacle to him being in the next election.
  2. 2an object that is in your way and that makes it difficult for you to move forward The area was full of streams and bogs and other natural obstacles.
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