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English definition of “difficulty”

difficulty

noun [C/U]  /ˈdɪf·ɪ·kəl·ti, -ˌkʌl·ti/ us  
the fact of not being easy, or of being hard to do or understand: [U] He has some difficulty hearing people when they speak softly. A difficulty is also a problem: [C usually pl] In 1986 he experienced financial difficulties and was forced to sell his business.
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