A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
masculine noun
1. (physical obstruction)
a. obstacle
Tuvimos que tomar un desvío porque encontramos un obstáculo en el camino.We had to take a detour because we found an obstacle on the road.
2. (impediment)
a. obstacle
Su timidez es el principal obstáculo que le impide ganar el concurso de talentos.Her shyness is the main obstacle stopping her from winning the talent competition.
b. hindrance
La distancia no fue obstáculo para que continuaran su noviazgo.Distance was not a hindrance to their continued courtship.
3. (sports)
a. hurdle
El caballo fue eliminado al rehusarse a saltar el tercer obstáculo en la carrera.The horse was disqualified for refusing to jump the third hurdle on the race.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. obstacle
un obstáculo paraan obstacle to
poner obstáculos a algo/alguiento hinder something/somebody
1 (físico) obstacle
2 (dificultad) obstacle; hindrance
no es obstáculo para que yo lo haga that does not prevent me (from) o stop me doing it; poner obstáculos a algo/algn to hinder sth/sb
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