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English definition of “difficulty”

difficulty

noun uk   /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. 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. 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.
(Definition of difficulty from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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