hard Definition

  • 1solid, firm, and rigid; not easily broken, bent, or pierced
  • 2requiring a great deal of endurance or effort; difficult to do or accomplish
  • 3difficult to understand or comprehend; complicated

Using hard: Examples

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

  • Example

    The table is made of hard wood.

  • Example

    Running a marathon is a hard task.

  • Example

    The math problem was too hard for me to solve.

hard Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using hard

  • a problem or situation that is very difficult to solve or understand


    The new software program is a hard nut to crack, even for experienced programmers.

  • to be very difficult to change or get rid of, especially a habit or belief


    Even though he quit smoking years ago, the desire to smoke still dies hard.

  • play hard to get

    to act uninterested in someone's romantic advances in order to make oneself more desirable


    She's been playing hard to get with him for weeks, but he's still interested.

Phrases with hard

  • a great deal of effort or endurance put into a task or job


    His success was due to his hard work and dedication.

  • hard feelings

    resentment or anger towards someone due to a past disagreement or conflict


    There were hard feelings between the two coworkers after the argument.

  • a period of difficulty or hardship, often related to financial struggles


    During the Great Depression, many families experienced hard times.


Summary: hard in Brief

The adjective 'hard' [hɑːrd] describes something that is solid, firm, and rigid, or something that requires a great deal of effort or endurance. It can also refer to something that is difficult to understand or comprehend. Examples include 'The table is made of hard wood,' 'Running a marathon is a hard task,' and 'The math problem was too hard for me to solve.' Phrases like 'hard work' and idioms like 'a hard nut to crack' extend the concept of difficulty.

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