Meaning of HARD in English


Function: adverb

1 with great or utmost force FF1C; hit the nail hard FF1E;

Synonyms: energetically, forcefully, forcibly, hardly, might and main, mightily, powerfully, strongly, vigorously

Related Words: actively, animatedly, briskly, snappily, spiritedly, sprightly, vivaciously; earnestly, intensely, keenly, seriously, urgently, wholeheartedly

Idioms: with all one's might

Contrasted Words: faintly, feebly, nervelessly, softly, strengthlessly, un-energetically, weakly

Antonyms: easily, easy

2 in a violent manner FF1C; the wind blew hard all the next day FF1E;

Synonyms: fiercely, frantically, frenziedly, furiously, hardly, madly, stormily, tumultuously, turbulently, violently, wildly

Related Words: boisterously, exuberantly, rowdily, uproariously; angrily, brutally, ferociously, savagely, viciously

Idioms: like a house afire, like fury, like mad

Contrasted Words: gently, mildly, softly

3 with intentness and determination FF1C; made up her mind to study hard FF1E;

Synonyms: assiduously, dingdong, earnestly, exhaustively, intensely, intensively, painstakingly, thoroughly, unremittingly

Related Words: conscientiously, meticulously, punctiliously

Contrasted Words: carelessly, casually, desultorily, fitfully, haphazardly

4 in a fixed and intensive manner FF1C; stared hard at the offender FF1E;

Synonyms: closely, intently, searchingly, sharply

Contrasted Words: casually, cursorily, idly, offhand

5 in such manner as to cause hardship, difficulty, or defeat FF1C; things will go hard with him if he doesn't reform FF1E;

Synonyms: badly, hardly, harshly, painfully, rigorously, roughly, severely; compare AMISS 2

Related Words: cruelly; relentlessly; meanly, shabbily, unfairly y

Contrasted Words: comfortably, pleasantly, smoothly; acceptably, satisfactorily, satisfyingly

Antonyms: easily, easy

6 with great or excessive resentment or grief FF1C; don't take your setback so hard FF1E;

Synonyms: bitterly, hardly, keenly, rancorously, resentfully, sorely

Contrasted Words: casually, lightly, nonchalantly, offhandedly

7 in a firm manner FF1C; hold on hard FF1E;

Synonyms: fast, firm, firmly, fixedly, solidly, steadfastly, tight, tightly

Contrasted Words: easily, easy, loose, loosely, slackly

8 with difficulty FF1C; breathing hard after the climb FF1E;

Synonyms: arduously, burdensomely, difficultly, hardly, laboriously, onerously, toilsomely

Related Words: exhaustingly, gruelingly, painfully, tiredly; awkwardly, cumbersomely, cumbrously, inconveniently, ponderously, unhandily, unwieldily

Contrasted Words: effortlessly, evenly, handily, readily, smoothly

Antonyms: easily, easy

9 to the point of hardness FF1C; the pond is frozen hard FF1E;

Synonyms: firmly, hardly, solid, solidly


Synonyms: CLOSE , at close hand, near, nearby, nigh

Merriam Webster. Collegiate thesaurus English dictionary.      Английский энциклопедический толковый словарь тезауруса.