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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
dif•fi•cult /ˈdɪfɪˌkʌlt, -kəlt/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. requiring special effort, skill, or planning:a difficult job.[it + be + ~ + (for + object + ) to + verb]It was difficult (for her) to get a good job.
  2. hard to understand or solve:a difficult problem.
  3. hard to deal with or get along with:a difficult pupil.
  4. disadvantageous; trying;
    hampering:under difficult conditions.
  5. full of hardship, esp. financial hardship:in these difficult times.
dif•fi•cult•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
dif•fi•cult  (difi kult′, -kəlt), 
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 or get on with:a difficult pupil.
  4. hard to please or satisfy:a difficult employer.
  5. hard to persuade or induce; stubborn:a difficult old man.
  6. disadvantageous;
    trying;
    hampering:The operation was performed under the most difficult conditions.
  7. fraught with hardship, esp. financial hardship:We saw some difficult times during the depression years.
Etymology:
  • Middle English, back formation from difficulty 1350–1400
diffi•cult′ly, adv. 
1 . arduous. See hard.  2 . intricate, perplexing, involved, knotty. 4 . particular, finical, fussy. 5 . obdurate, uncompromising. 1 . easy. 2 . simple.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

difficult /ˈdɪfɪkəlt/ adj
  1. not easy to do; requiring effort
  2. not easy to understand or solve; intricate
  3. hard to deal with; troublesome: a difficult child
  4. not easily convinced, pleased, or satisfied
  5. full of hardships or trials
Etymology: 14th Century: back formation from difficulty

ˈdifficultly adv



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