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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 hearing people when they speak softly.
A difficulty is also a problem: [C usually pl] In 1986 he experienced financial difficulties and was forced to sell his business.
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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 with great difficulty. The difficulty of the task excited them. [+ -ing verb] She had great difficulty finding a job.UK People with asthma have difficulty in breathing.
B2 [C] a problem: to have financial/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 difficult situation: A ship is in difficulties off the coast of Ireland.

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(Definition of difficulty from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © 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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