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"difficult" in British English

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difficultadjective

uk   us   /ˈdɪf.ɪ.kəlt/
A1 needingskill or ​effort: a difficult ​problem/​choice/​task/​language [+ to infinitive] It will be very difficult toprove that they are ​guilty. Many things make it difficult for women toreach the ​top in US ​business. [+ -ing verb] It is ​extremely difficult being a ​singleparent.
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B1 not ​friendly, ​easy to ​deal with, or ​behaving well: [+ to infinitive] The ​manager is difficult todeal with/a difficult ​person todeal with. His ​wife is a very difficult woman.mainly UK Please ​children, don't be so difficult!
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(Definition of difficult from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"difficult" in American English

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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)
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