Meaning of DIFFICULT in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈdi-fi-(ˌ)kəlt ]


Etymology: Middle English, back-formation from difficulty

Date: 14th century

1. : hard to do, make, or carry out : arduous

a difficult climb


a. : hard to deal with, manage, or overcome

a difficult child

b. : hard to understand : puzzling

difficult reading

Synonyms: see hard

• dif·fi·cult·ly adverb

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