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English definition of “hard”

hard

adjective (SEVERE)    /hɑːd/ US  /hɑːrd/
B2 not pleasant or gentle; severe: You have to be quite hard to succeed in the property business. Ooh, you're a hard woman, Elaine! Our boss has been giving us all a hard time at work (= making our time at work difficult).Severe be hard on sb B2 to criticize someone severely, or to treat someone unfairly: Don't be too hard on him - he's new to the job.Severe Grammar: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
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