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English definition of “hard”

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 being 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:See more 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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