Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hard”

hard

adjective
 
 
/hɑːd/
FIRM A2 firm and stiff, and not easy to press or bend: a hard surface The seats in the waiting room were hard and uncomfortable.Hard and firmPhysically strong and powerful
DIFFICULT A1 difficult to do or understand: [+ to do sth] It must be hard to study with all this noise. Actually, the exam wasn't that hard. Quitting my job was the hardest decision I ever had to make.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
WITH EFFORT B1 using or done with a lot of effort: the long, hard struggle With a bit of hard work and determination we might still finish on time.Effort and expending energyTrying and making an effort
UNPLEASANT full of problems and difficult to deal with: My grandparents had a very hard life. The past few months must've been really hard for you.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
NOT KIND not gentle or kind: She had a cold, hard look in her eyes.Severe
be hard on sb B2 to criticize someone too much or treat them unfairly: You shouldn't be so hard on yourself.Treating people or animals badlyInsults and abuseUnkind, cruel and unfeelingViolent or aggressiveDisapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation to make someone unhappy by causing them problems: Our divorce has been particularly hard on the children.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
be hard on sth to damage something or make it have problems: Stress can be hard on any relationship.Damaging and spoilingDestroying and demolishing
do/learn sth the hard way to do or learn something by experiencing a lot of problems or difficultyDifficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
give sb a hard time informal to criticize someone or to treat them unfairly: He gave me a hard time about losing his keys.Disapproving and criticizingDamaging reputation
(Definition of hard adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “hard” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

look on the bright side

to find good things in a bad situation

Word of the Day

The language of work

by Kate Woodford,
October 15, 2014
Most of us talk about our jobs. We tell our family and friends interesting or funny things that have happened in the workplace (=room where we do our job), we describe – and sometimes complain about – our bosses and colleagues and when we meet someone for the first time, we tell

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More