difficult Definition

  • 1needing skill or effort; hard to do or understand
  • 2not easy to deal with; causing problems

Using difficult: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "difficult" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The exam was very difficult.

  • Example

    It's difficult to learn a new language.

  • Example

    She has a difficult personality.

  • Example

    The company is facing difficult times.

difficult Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for difficult

Phrases with difficult

  • make things difficult

    to cause problems or make something harder than it needs to be


    He always tries to make things difficult for me.

  • to have trouble doing something


    I find it difficult to wake up early in the morning.

  • rare or hard to find


    Good customer service is difficult to come by these days.


Summary: difficult in Brief

The term 'difficult' [ˈdɪfɪkəlt] refers to something that requires skill or effort, or is hard to do or understand. It can also describe someone who is not easy to deal with or causes problems. Examples include 'The exam was very difficult' and 'She has a difficult personality.' Phrases like 'make things difficult' and 'find it difficult' are common, as is the idiom 'difficult to come by,' meaning rare or hard to find.

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