Definition of difficult
- a difficult climb
- a difficult child
- having a difficult time coping with her death
- difficult reading
- found calculus too difficult
We were asked lots of difficult questions.
I had to make a very difficult decision.
We'll be hiking over difficult terrain.
It's more difficult than it sounds.
I found myself in a difficult position.
Some difficult days lie ahead of us.
These changes will make life difficult for everyone involved.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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