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adjective difficult pronunciation in American English /ˈdɪfɪkəlt/
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  1. 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 behavior 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. 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. 3
    not convenient, or involving a lot of problems
    Evenings are difficult – how about the morning?



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