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English definition of “difficulty”

difficulty

noun     /ˈdɪfɪkəlti/
NOT EASY [U] B1 problems in doing or understanding something: [+ in + doing sth] He was having difficulty in breathing because of the smoke . [+ doing sth] I had difficulty finding somewhere to park . She had twisted her ankle and was walking with difficulty.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impedingDifficult to understandComplicated and difficult to doPuzzle and confuseDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
PROBLEM [C] B2 something that is not easy to deal with: The company is having some financial difficulties at the moment .Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
(Definition of difficulty noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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