difficult

  • 1 Difficult — Dif fi*cult, a. [From {Difficulty}.] 1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous. [1913 Webster] Note: Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental effort or skill is… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 difficult — I adjective arduous, attended by obstacles, awkward, beset with difficulty, beyond one s reach, bothersome, burdensome, complex, complicated, convoluted, difficile, difficilis, encompassed with difficulties, enigmatic, entangled by difficulties,… …

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  • 3 difficult — [adj1] hard on someone; hard to do ambitious, arduous, backbreaker*, bothersome, burdensome, challenging, crucial, demanding, difficile, easier said than done*, effortful, exacting, formidable, galling, Gargantuan*, hardwon, heavy, Herculean*,… …

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  • 4 Difficult — Dif fi*cult, v. t. To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 difficult — c.1400, apparently a back formation from DIFFICULTY (Cf. difficulty). French has difficile, Latin difficilis. Of persons, hard to please, from 1580s …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 difficult — *hard, arduous Analogous words: perplexing, puzzling, mystifying (see PUZZLE): intricate, involved, complicated, *complex, knotty: *obscure, enigmatic, cryptic: exacting, *onerous, burdensome Antonyms: simple Contrasted words: *easy, facile,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 difficult — ► ADJECTIVE 1) needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with, or understand. 2) not easy to please or satisfy; awkward …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 difficult — [dif′i kult΄, dif′ikəlt] adj. [ME, back form. < DIFFICULTY] 1. hard to do, make, manage, understand, etc.; involving trouble or requiring extra effort, skill, or thought 2. hard to satisfy, persuade, please, etc. SYN. HARD difficultly adv …

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  • 9 difficult — dif|fi|cult W1S1 [ˈdıfıkəlt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: difficulty] 1.) hard to do, understand, or deal with ≠ ↑easy ▪ a difficult question ▪ an immensely difficult task ▪ Was the exam very difficult? ▪ It s difficult to see how more savings… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 difficult — dif|fi|cult [ dıfıkəlt ] adjective *** 1. ) not easy to do, deal with, or understand: HARD: Choosing the winner was a difficult task. The exam questions were too difficult. difficult to do something: It s difficult to say what time I will get… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 difficult */*/*/ — UK [ˈdɪfɪk(ə)lt] / US [ˈdɪfɪkəlt] adjective 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… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 difficult — adj. 1) difficult for (typing is difficult for me) 2) difficult to + inf. (it is difficult to please him = he is difficult to please = he is a difficult person to please; it is difficult to translate this book = this book is difficult to… …

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  • 13 difficult — / dIfIkFlt/ adjective 1 very hard to do, understand, or deal with; not easy: Was the exam very difficult? | a difficult job | difficult to do: She finds it difficult to climb stairs. 2 someone who is difficult never seems pleased or satisfied:… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 difficult — [[t]dɪ̱fɪkəlt[/t]] ♦ 1) ADJ GRADED: oft it v link ADJ to inf, it v link ADJ ing Something that is difficult is not easy to do, understand, or deal with. Hobart found it difficult to get her first book published... The lack of childcare provisions …

    English dictionary

  • 15 difficult — difficultly, adv. /dif i kult , keuhlt/, adj. 1. not easily or readily done; requiring much labor, skill, or planning to be performed successfully; hard: a difficult job. 2. hard to understand or solve: a difficult problem. 3. hard to deal with… …

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  • 16 difficult*/*/*/ — [ˈdɪfɪk(ə)lt] adj 1) not easy to do, deal with, or understand Syn: hard Ant: easy Choosing the winner was a difficult task.[/ex] The exam questions were too difficult.[/ex] Talking to teenagers can be difficult for parents.[/ex] It s difficult to …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 difficult — adj. VERBS ▪ be, look, prove, remain, seem, sound ▪ become, get ▪ It is getting more and more difficult to find …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 difficult — adjective 1) a very difficult job Syn: hard, strenuous, arduous, laborious, tough, onerous, burdensome, demanding, punishing, grueling, back breaking, exhausting, tiring, fatiguing, wearisome; informal hellish, killing; archaic toilsome …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 difficult — dif•fi•cult [[t]ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌlt, kəlt[/t]] adj. 1) requiring special effort, skill, or planning; hard: a difficult job[/ex] 2) hard to understand or solve: a difficult problem[/ex] 3) hard to deal with or get on with: a difficult pupil[/ex] 4) hard… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 20 difficult — adjective Etymology: Middle English, back formation from difficulty Date: 14th century 1. hard to do, make, or carry out ; arduous < a difficult climb > 2. a. hard to deal with, manage, or overcome …

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