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

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hurdlenoun

uk   /ˈhɜː.dl̩/  us   /ˈhɝː-/

hurdle noun (FENCE)

[C] a ​frame or ​fence for ​jumping over in a ​race: He ​fell at the last hurdle. She cleared (= ​jumped over) all the hurdles ​easily and ​raced to the ​finishingline.hurdles [plural] a ​race in which ​people or ​horsesjump over hurdles: the 400-metre hurdles
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hurdle noun (PROBLEM)

a ​problem that you have to ​deal with before you can make ​progress: Getting a ​workpermit was the first hurdle to overcome. The ​cost of this ​exercise is ​proving to be a ​major hurdle.

hurdleverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈhɜː.dl̩/  us   /ˈhɝː-/
to ​run in a ​race in which there are hurdles to be ​jumped over, or to ​jump over something while ​running: He hurdled the ​gate and ​scrambled up the ​hill.
(Definition of hurdle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hurdle" in American English

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hurdlenoun [C]

 us   /ˈhɜr·dəl/
a ​frame for ​jumping over in a ​race A hurdle is also a ​difficulty to be ​dealt with: There are a lot of hurdles to ​overcome before the ​contract can be ​signed.

hurdleverb [I/T]

 us   /ˈhɜr·dəl/
to ​jump over a ​frame or ​fence: [T] The ​boys hurdled the ​fence.
(Definition of hurdle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hurdle" in Business English

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hurdlenoun [C]

uk   us   /ˈhɜːdl/
a problem that you must solve or ​deal with before you can make ​progress: face/overcome a hurdle The first hurdle she faced ​entering the ​jobmarket was one of ​confidence.a hurdle to sth Lack of preparation and ​lack of ​financing have been the biggest hurdles to the project's ​success.
(Definition of hurdle from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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