difficult - definition and synonyms


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

    Martin was a difficult baby.

  4. 4
    not convenient, or involving a lot of problems

    Evenings are difficult – how about the morning?