how to pronounce bottleneck


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bottleneck is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of bottleneck in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… right and it creates a bottleneck so …”

meanings of bottleneck


  1. In traffic, any narrowing of the road, especially resulting in a delay.
  2. The part of a process that is too slow or cumbersome.
  3. The narrow portion that forms the pouring spout of a bottle; the neck of a bottle.


  1. To slow by causing a bottleneck.
  2. To form a bottleneck.

bottleneck frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word bottleneck occurs in english on average 0.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bottleneck can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bottleneck can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) transport and travel;

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