- noun1 fence/gateADJECTIVE▪ physical▪ crash, crush (BrE), flood, police, protective, safety (esp. BrE), security, ticket (BrE)▪ concrete▪ sound (figurative)▪
the first plane to break the sound barrierVERB + BARRIER▪ build, erect, install▪ jump▪ break through▪
The crowd managed to break through the barriers.PREPOSITION▪ at a/the barrier▪
Please show your ticket at the barrier. (BrE)▪ behind a/the barrier▪
The police waited behind the barriers.▪ through a/the barrier▪
There was a slow trickle of people through the barriers.2 thing that causes problemsADJECTIVE▪ effective, formidable, major▪ class, colour/color, cultural, institutional, language, racial, trade▪ invisible▪ artificial▪ impenetrable, insurmountableVERB + BARRIER▪ build, create, erect, put up, set up▪
The old laws created barriers to free trade.▪ break, break down, eliminate, lift, lower, reduce, remove▪ identify▪ cross▪
They believe that music can cross any barriers.▪ be faced with, encounter, face▪ overcome, transcendPREPOSITION▪ barrier against▪
The country has set up barriers against imports.▪ barrier between▪
a class barrier between the two families▪ barrier to▪
a formidable barrier to communication3 physical object that prevents sb/sth passingADJECTIVE▪ impassable, impenetrable▪ naturalVERB + BARRIER▪ formPREPOSITION▪ barrier between▪
The mountains form a natural barrier between the two countries.
Collocations dictionary. 2013.