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noun difficulty pronunciation in American English /ˈdɪfɪkəlti/
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singulardifficulty
pluraldifficulties
 
  1. 1
    [uncountable] how difficult something is

    The courses vary in content and difficulty.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] if you have difficulty with something, you are not able to do it easily
    have difficulty (in) doing something:

    Six months after the accident, he still has difficulty walking.

    have difficulty with something:

    She’s having difficulty with her schoolwork this year.

    do something with/without difficulty:

    Grandpa was speaking with great difficulty.

    great/considerable difficulty:

    We had considerable difficulty finding anywhere to park.

  3. 3
    [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.

  4. 4
    [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.

 

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