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hard

adjective (DIFFICULT)    /hɑːd/ US  /hɑːrd/
A1 difficult to understand , do, experience , or deal with: There were some really hard questions in the exam . It's hard to say which of them is lying . It's hard be ing a single mother . Her handwriting is very hard to read . He's a hard man to please . The topics get harder later in the course . I feel sorry for the kids , too - they've had a hard time . → Opposite easyDifficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuseComplicated and difficult to doDifficult to understand easyGrammar:HardHard is both an adjective and an adverb. When it is an adverb, it means ‘needing or using a lot of physical or mental effort’. It goes after the main verb: hardness     /-nəs/ noun [U] These alloys are characterized by their extreme hardness.Hard and firmWater in general
(Definition of hard adjective (DIFFICULT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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