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barriernoun [C]

us   /ˈbær·i·ər/
anything used or acting to block someone from going somewhere or from doing something, or to block something from happening: The Secret Service erected concrete barriers around the White House. Jackie Robinson was the African-American who succeeded in breaking major league baseball’s color barrier (= use of race to block something from happening).
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barriernoun [C]

uk   /ˈbær.i.ər/ us   /ˈber.i.ɚ/
  • barrier noun [C] (FENCE)

B2 a long pole, fence, wall, or natural feature, such as a mountain or sea, that stops people from going somewhere: Barriers have been erected all along the route the Pope will take. The mountains acted as a natural barrier to the spread of the disease.
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UK a gate in some railway stations through which you must go to get on a train: Passengers are requested to show their tickets at the barrier.

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barriernoun [C]

uk   /ˈbæriər/ us  
something that prevents something else from happening or makes it more difficult: barrier (to sth) In an ideal world, there would be no barriers to the free movement of people between countries.
something that keeps people or things apart: The language barrier is less frightening in print than over the telephone.barrier between sb/sth (and sb/sth) Lack of regular communication is named time and time again as the major barrier between management and employees.
a number or measurement that is considered to be important or hard to reach: The average wage in Britain has broken the £20,000 barrier. The Dow Jones broke the 10,000 barrier early in the day, but closed down 41.85 points at 9923.42.
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