Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

hard - definition and synonyms

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.

Thesaurus diagram

The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

adverb     hard pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
  1. 1
    using a lot of effort

    The Chinese team have worked very hard to get this far in the competition.

    Our people fought hard to gain independence.

    I was trying very hard to remember her name.

    1. a.
      using a lot of force

      She pressed her face hard against the glass.

      You need to push harder.

      I didn’t mean to hit him so hard.

    2. b.
      if you look, listen, or think hard, you do it carefully with your full attention

      I had to think hard before coming up with the right answer.



a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary


a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog
Macmillan learn live love play