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"difficulty" in British English

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difficultynoun

uk   /ˈdɪf.ɪ.kəl.ti/  us   /ˈdɪf.ə.kəl.t̬i/
B1 [U] the ​fact of not being ​easy to do or ​understand: We ​finished the ​job, but only withgreat difficulty. The difficulty of the ​taskexcited them. [+ -ing verb] She hadgreat difficulty ​finding a ​job.UK People with ​asthma have difficulty inbreathing.
B2 [C] a ​problem: to havefinancial/​personal difficulties children with learning difficulties People ​learning a new ​language often encounter some difficulties at first. An ​unforeseen difficulty has arisen.
be in difficulties UK (US be in difficulty)
to have ​problems or be in a ​difficultsituation: A ​ship is in difficulties off the ​coast of Ireland.

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

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difficultynoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈdɪf·ɪ·kəl·ti, -ˌkʌl·ti/
the ​fact of not being ​easy, or of being hard to do or ​understand: [U] He has some difficulty ​hearingpeople when they ​speaksoftly.
A difficulty is also a ​problem: [C usually pl] In 1986 he ​experiencedfinancial difficulties and was ​forced to ​sell his ​business.
(Definition of difficulty from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “difficulty”
in Arabic صُعوبة…
in Korean 어려움…
in Portuguese dificuldade…
in Catalan dificultat…
in Japanese 難しさ, 問題…
in Chinese (Simplified) 困难,艰辛, 问题,难题…
in Turkish zorluk, güçlük…
in Russian трудность, затруднение, сложность…
in Chinese (Traditional) 困難,艱辛, 問題,難題…
in Italian difficoltà…
in Polish trudność, kłopot…
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