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difficult

adjective uk   /ˈdɪf.ɪ.kəlt/ us  
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.
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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!
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in Korean 어려운, 골치아픈…
in Arabic صَعْب…
in French difficile…
in Turkish zor, güç, çetin…
in Italian difficile…
in Chinese (Traditional) 困難的,費力的,艱難的, 不友好的, 難以接近的…
in Russian трудный…
in Polish trudny…
in Spanish difícil, problemático…
in Portuguese difícil…
in German schwierig…
in Catalan difícil…
in Japanese 難しい, 扱いにくい…
in Chinese (Simplified) 困难的,费力的,艰难的, 不友好的, 难以接近的…
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