difficult

adj.
VERBS
be, look, prove, remain, seem, sound
become, get

It is getting more and more difficult to find a job.

make sth

The fog made driving very difficult.

find sth
ADVERB
extremely, fairly, very, etc.
exceedingly, extraordinarily, incredibly, particularly
doubly

Her disability made taking care of the home and raising a family doubly difficult.

increasingly
a little, slightly, etc.
notoriously

Birth rates are notoriously difficult to predict.

Difficult is used with these nouns: ↑area, ↑aspect, ↑assignment, ↑birth, ↑catch, ↑challenge, ↑chapter, ↑child, ↑childhood, ↑choice, ↑circumstance, ↑climb, ↑concept, ↑condition, ↑decision, ↑delivery, ↑descent, ↑dilemma, ↑enterprise, ↑exam, ↑exercise, ↑feat, ↑fixture, ↑ground, ↑hurdle, ↑idea, ↑issue, ↑job, ↑journey, ↑labour, ↑life, ↑manoeuvre, ↑matter, ↑meeting, ↑moment, ↑negotiation, ↑part, ↑patch, ↑period, ↑position, ↑predicament, ↑pregnancy, ↑problem, ↑process, ↑proposition, ↑question, ↑relation, ↑relationship, ↑road, ↑season, ↑situation, ↑stage, ↑subject, ↑sum, ↑target, ↑task, ↑temperament, ↑terrain, ↑test, ↑thing, ↑time, ↑topic, ↑transition, ↑trick, ↑undertaking, ↑word, ↑work

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  • Difficult — Dif fi*cult, a. [From {Difficulty}.] 1. Hard to do or to make; beset with difficulty; attended with labor, trouble, or pains; not easy; arduous. [1913 Webster] Note: Difficult implies the notion that considerable mental effort or skill is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • difficult — I adjective arduous, attended by obstacles, awkward, beset with difficulty, beyond one s reach, bothersome, burdensome, complex, complicated, convoluted, difficile, difficilis, encompassed with difficulties, enigmatic, entangled by difficulties,… …   Law dictionary

  • difficult — [adj1] hard on someone; hard to do ambitious, arduous, backbreaker*, bothersome, burdensome, challenging, crucial, demanding, difficile, easier said than done*, effortful, exacting, formidable, galling, Gargantuan*, hardwon, heavy, Herculean*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Difficult — Dif fi*cult, v. t. To render difficult; to impede; to perplex. [R.] Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • difficult — c.1400, apparently a back formation from DIFFICULTY (Cf. difficulty). French has difficile, Latin difficilis. Of persons, hard to please, from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • difficult — *hard, arduous Analogous words: perplexing, puzzling, mystifying (see PUZZLE): intricate, involved, complicated, *complex, knotty: *obscure, enigmatic, cryptic: exacting, *onerous, burdensome Antonyms: simple Contrasted words: *easy, facile,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • difficult — ► ADJECTIVE 1) needing much effort or skill to accomplish, deal with, or understand. 2) not easy to please or satisfy; awkward …   English terms dictionary

  • difficult — [dif′i kult΄, dif′ikəlt] adj. [ME, back form. < DIFFICULTY] 1. hard to do, make, manage, understand, etc.; involving trouble or requiring extra effort, skill, or thought 2. hard to satisfy, persuade, please, etc. SYN. HARD difficultly adv …   English World dictionary

  • difficult — dif|fi|cult W1S1 [ˈdıfıkəlt] adj [Date: 1300 1400; Origin: difficulty] 1.) hard to do, understand, or deal with ≠ ↑easy ▪ a difficult question ▪ an immensely difficult task ▪ Was the exam very difficult? ▪ It s difficult to see how more savings… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • difficult — dif|fi|cult [ dıfıkəlt ] adjective *** 1. ) not easy to do, deal with, or understand: HARD: Choosing the winner was a difficult task. The exam questions were too difficult. difficult to do something: It s difficult to say what time I will get… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • difficult */*/*/ — UK [ˈdɪfɪk(ə)lt] / US [ˈdɪfɪkəlt] adjective 1) not easy to do, deal with, or understand Choosing the winner was a difficult task. The exam questions were too difficult. it is difficult to do something: It s difficult to say what time I will get… …   English dictionary

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