difficult Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “difficult” in the English Dictionary

"difficult" in British English

See all translations

difficultadjective

uk   /ˈdɪf.ɪ.kəlt/  us   /ˈdɪf.ə.kəlt/
A1 needing skill or effort: a difficult problem/choice/task/language [+ to infinitive] It will be very difficult to prove that they are guilty. Many things make it difficult for women to reach the top in US business. [+ -ing verb] It is extremely difficult being a single parent.
Opposite
B1 not friendly, easy to deal with, or behaving well: [+ to infinitive] The manager is difficult to deal with/a difficult person to deal with. His wife is a very difficult woman.mainly UK Please children, don't be so difficult!

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

(Definition of difficult from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"difficult" in American English

See all translations

difficultadjective

 us   /ˈdɪf·ɪ·kəlt, -ˌkʌlt/
not easy or simple; hard to do or to understand: It’s a difficult choice, but I’ve got to decide which job is better.
Difficult also means having problems: He’s in a difficult situation and could go bankrupt.
A person who is difficult is not easy to deal with: I loved him, but he could be difficult at times.
(Definition of difficult from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of difficult?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
A blazing row: words and phrases for arguing and arguments
by ,
May 04, 2016
by Kate Woodford We can’t always focus on the positive! This week, we’re looking at the language that is used to refer to arguing and arguments, and the differences in meaning between the various words and phrases. There are several words that suggest that people are arguing about something that is not important. (As you might

Read More 

Word of the Day

spaceship

(especially in stories) a vehicle used for travel in space

Word of the Day

trigger warning noun
trigger warning noun
May 02, 2016
a warning that a subject may trigger unpleasant emotions or memories This is not, I should stress, an argument that trigger warnings should become commonplace on campus.

Read More