obstacle Definition

  • 1a thing that blocks one's way or prevents or hinders progress
  • 2something that impedes or stands in the way of progress

Using obstacle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "obstacle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The biggest obstacle to our success is lack of funding.

  • Example

    She overcame many obstacles to become a successful businesswoman.

  • Example

    The road was blocked by an obstacle.

  • Example

    The language barrier was a major obstacle to communication.

obstacle Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for obstacle

Idioms Using obstacle

  • to encounter a difficulty or challenge that prevents or slows down progress


    We hit an obstacle when we realized that we didn't have enough resources to complete the project on time.

  • to eliminate a difficulty or challenge that is preventing progress or success


    We need to remove the obstacles that are preventing us from achieving our goals.

  • an obstacle or difficulty that prevents progress or success


    The lack of funding was a major stumbling block for the project.

Phrases with obstacle

  • a series of challenging physical obstacles that must be navigated in order to complete a race or training exercise


    The military recruits had to complete an obstacle course as part of their training.

  • to successfully deal with and move past a difficult situation or challenge


    She worked hard to overcome the obstacles in her path and achieve her goals.

  • throw up obstacles

    to create difficulties or challenges that impede progress or success


    The new regulations threw up obstacles for small businesses trying to compete with larger companies.

Origins of obstacle

from Old French 'obstacle', from Latin 'obstaculum', from 'ob-' (against) + 'stare' (stand)


Summary: obstacle in Brief

An 'obstacle' [ˈɑːbstəkl] is something that blocks or hinders progress, such as a physical barrier or a difficult situation. Examples include 'The biggest obstacle to our success is lack of funding.' and 'The language barrier was a major obstacle to communication.' Phrases like 'obstacle course' and idioms like 'hit an obstacle' further illustrate the concept of overcoming challenges.

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