Definition of difficulty
- underestimated the difficulty of the task
- has difficulty reading
- climbs stairs with difficulty
- made no difficulty in granting the request
- encountering difficulties along the way
She underestimated the difficulty of saving so much money.
the many difficulties that he encountered on the road from poor orphan to head of a major corporation
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: the quality of something that makes it hard to do : the difficult nature of something
: something that is not easy to do or to deal with : a difficult situation
: a disagreement in opinion
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