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noun difficulty pronunciation in British English /ˈdɪfɪk(ə)lti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] if you have difficulty with something, you are not able to do it easily
    have difficulty with something: She’s having difficulty with her schoolwork this year.
    have difficulty (in) doing something: Six months after the accident, he still has difficulty walking.
    great/considerable difficulty: We had considerable difficulty finding anywhere to park.
    do something with/without difficulty: Seb was speaking with great difficulty.
  2. 2
    [countable] a problem
    learning/reading/breathing difficulties
    difficulty with/in: If you experience difficulties in completing the form, ask for help.
    have/experience/encounter difficulties: students who encounter financial difficulties
    cause/give rise to/lead to a difficulty: Implementing the policy caused difficulties within the company.
    the difficulty is: The real difficulty is that no one in the group has a car.
    a difficulty arises: New difficulties arose from this arrangement.
  3. 3
    [uncountable plural] a bad situation with a lot of problems
    in difficulty: The loss puts our company in financial difficulty.
    get/run into difficulty: The climbers got into difficulties when there was a sudden storm.
  4. 4
    [uncountable] how difficult something is
    The courses vary in content and difficulty.
 

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