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adjective hard pronunciation in British English /hɑː(r)d/
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  1. 1
    stiff, firm, and not easy to bend or break
    hard wooden benches
    The plastic was chosen because it is very hard and durable.
  2. 2
    difficult to do
    Some of the questions were very hard.
    find something hard: I found the English exam quite hard.
    hard for someone to do something: It is hard for young people to get jobs in this area.
    hard to do something: It’s hard to explain why I love this place so much.
    hard to believe: I find it hard to believe that we’re leaving England for good.
    1. a.
      involving a lot of effort
      Lifting stones this size is pretty hard work.
      I need to relax at the end of a hard day.
  3. 3
    unpleasant and full of problems
    My grandmother had a very hard life.
    The family has had a hard time recently.
    hard on: It’s very hard on parents when their children are being bullied at school.
  4. 4
    strong and not easily frightened
    He likes to pretend he’s hard, but he’s really soft underneath.
  5. 5
    unkind, or cruel
    She was deeply hurt by his hard words.
    hard on: Don’t be too hard on her – she was only trying to help.
  6. 6
    using a lot of physical force
    He gave the door a hard shove, and it opened.
  7. 9
    [only before noun] hard facts are certain and can be proved
    We need some hard evidence to support our claim.


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