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English definition of “difficulty”

difficulty

noun     /ˈdɪf.ɪ.kəl.ti/ US  /-t̬i/
B1 [U] the fact of not being easy to do or understand: We finished the job, but only with great difficulty. The difficulty of the task excited them. People with asthma have difficulty in breathing. [+ -ing verb] She had great difficulty finding a job.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impedingDifficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuse B2 [C] a problem: to have financial/personal difficulties children with learning difficulties People learning a new language often encounter some difficulties at first. An unforeseen difficulty has arisen.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding be in difficulties UK (US be in difficulty) to have problems or be in a difficult situation: A ship is in difficulties off the coast of Ireland.Experiencing difficulties
(Definition of difficulty noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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