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hurdle

hur·dle

hurdle

 
pronunciation:
huhr dl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
features:
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a movable or fixed barrier over which a runner or horse must leap in the course of certain races.
The horse cleared all but the last hurdle of the race.
similar words:
jump, obstacle
definition 2: (pl. but used with a sing. verb) a type of race in which the runners must leap over such barriers.
Our horse did well in the hurdles.
definition 3: an obstacle that one must surmount in order to make progress toward one's goal.
The defense of the dissertation is the final hurdle in the process of obtaining the doctoral degree.A company has to overcome many hurdles before it can put a new drug on the market.There were many hurdles to passing the 19th amendment.
similar words:
drawback, obstacle, obstruction
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: hurdled, hurdles, hurdling
definition 1: to leap over (a barrier), in or as in a race.
The horse hurdled five fences in the competition.
definition 2: to surmount or get past (an obstacle or difficulty).
Somehow the young couple hurdled their parents' objections.
similar words:
negotiate
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to leap over a barrier or obstacle.
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derivation: hurdler (n.)