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UK [ˈdɪfɪk(ə)lt] / US [ˈdɪfɪkəlt] adjective
1) not easy to do, deal with, or understand

Choosing the winner was a difficult task.

The exam questions were too difficult.

it is difficult to do something:

It's difficult to say what time I will get home.

Her behaviour became increasingly difficult to understand.

difficult for:

Talking to teenagers can be difficult for parents.

find something difficult (to do):

Ella finds the children very difficult to cope with.

make it difficult to do something:

Her age made it difficult to get another job.

2) [usually before noun] difficult conditions or situations cause a lot of problems and make it hard for you to succeed

She had a difficult childhood.

helping people who are in difficult circumstances

3) someone who is difficult never seems to be happy or satisfied with anything

Martin was a difficult baby.

4) not convenient, or involving a lot of problems

Evenings are difficult – how about the morning?

make life/things difficult (for someone) — to cause problems for someone

My boss seems to enjoy making life difficult for me.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • difficult — [dif′i kult΄, dif′ikəlt] adj. [ME, back form. < DIFFICULTY] 1. hard to do, make, manage, understand, etc.; involving trouble or requiring extra effort, skill, or thought 2. hard to satisfy, persuade, please, etc. SYN. HARD difficultly adv …   English World dictionary

  • difficult — dif|fi|cult W1S1 [ˈdıfıkəlt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: difficulty] 1.) hard to do, understand, or deal with ≠ ↑easy ▪ a difficult question ▪ an immensely difficult task ▪ Was the exam very difficult? ▪ It s difficult to see how more savings… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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