bottleneck Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"bottleneck" in British English

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bottlenecknoun [C]

uk   /ˈbɒt.l̩.nek/  us   /ˈbɑː.t̬l̩-/
a ​place where a ​roadbecomesnarrow, or a ​place where there is often a lot of ​traffic, ​causing the ​traffic to ​slow down or ​stop: The ​constructionwork is ​causing bottlenecks in the ​citycentre. a ​problem that ​delaysprogress: Is there any way of getting around this ​bureaucratic bottleneck?
(Definition of bottleneck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bottleneck" in American English

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bottlenecknoun [C]

 us   /ˈbɑt̬·əlˌnek/
a ​section of ​road where ​traffic moves ​slowly: Traffic is causing a bottleneck on I-75. A bottleneck is also any ​delay: Bureaucratic bottlenecks ​delayed the project’s ​start.
(Definition of bottleneck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bottleneck" in Business English

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bottlenecknoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈbɒtlnek/
a problem that delays a ​process or ​stops it from continuing: a legislative/funding bottleneck Barring a ​legislative bottleneck, the new ​law is expected to ​pass by the end of the ​year.eliminate/avoid a bottleneck He urged the ​department to ​identify and ​eliminate bottlenecks. a major/huge bottleneck
(Definition of bottleneck from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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