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noun [countable] barrier pronunciation in British English /ˈbæriə(r)/
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  1. 1
    a bar or gate that stops people or vehicles from entering a place
    Fans broke through the barriers and rushed onto the pitch.
    1. a.
      something that separates one thing from another
      The river is the last barrier between the rebel army and the city.
  2. 2
    anything that prevents progress or makes it difficult for someone to achieve something
    These regulations would place barriers in the way of genetic research.
    barrier to: Disability need not be a barrier to a successful career.
    High levels of debt are a major barrier to economic development.
    1. a.
      something that prevents people from communicating, working together etc
      Language differences did not appear to be a barrier.
      cultural barriers
      break down barriers: We’re trying to break down barriers between young people from both communities.
    2. b.
      a number, limit, or level that is considered important because it is difficult to go past
      go through/break a barrier: the day the stock market broke the 10,000 barrier
      The figure for inflation could go through the 5 per cent barrier.

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