Definitions for difficultyˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
dif•fi•cul•tyˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti(n.)(pl.)-ties.
the fact or condition of being difficult.
Often, difficul•ties. an embarrassing situation, esp. of financial affairs.
a trouble or struggle.
a cause of trouble, struggle, or embarrassment.
a disagreement or dispute.
a demur; objection.
something that is hard to do, understand, or surmount; impediment; obstacle.
Origin of difficulty:
1350–1400; ME difficulte (< AF) < L difficultās=difficil(is) difficult +-tās -ty2
an effort that is inconvenient
"I went to a lot of trouble"; "he won without any trouble"; "had difficulty walking"; "finished the test only with great difficulty"
a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result
"serious difficulties were encountered in obtaining a pure reagent"
a condition or state of affairs almost beyond one's ability to deal with and requiring great effort to bear or overcome
"grappling with financial difficulties"
the quality of being difficult
"they agreed about the difficulty of the climb"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
difficulty(noun)ˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti
sth that is not easy or causes problems
learning/reading difficulties; They're having difficulties with their teenage son.; I'm having difficulty remembering everyone's names.
difficultyˈdɪf ɪˌkʌl ti, -kəl ti
how difficult sth is compared to others
the relative difficulty of the two tasks
The state of being difficult, or hard to do.
An obstacle that hinders achievement of a goal.
We faced a difficulty.
Origin: From difficultee, from difficulté, from difficultas, from difficul, older form of difficilis, from dis- + facilis; see difficile and difficult.
the state of being difficult, or hard to do; hardness; arduousness; -- opposed to easiness or facility; as, the difficulty of a task or enterprise; a work of difficulty
something difficult; a thing hard to do or to understand; that which occasions labor or perplexity, and requires skill and perseverance to overcome, solve, or achieve; a hard enterprise; an obstacle; an impediment; as, the difficulties of a science; difficulties in theology
a controversy; a falling out; a disagreement; an objection; a cavil
embarrassment of affairs, especially financial affairs; -- usually in the plural; as, to be in difficulties
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1652
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1772
Rank popularity for the word 'difficulty' in Nouns Frequency: #323
Translations for difficulty
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
the state or quality of being hard (to do) or not easy
I have difficulty in understanding him.
- dificuldadePortuguese (BR)
- die SchwierigkeitGerman
- دشواری؛ سختیFarsi
- vandi, erfiðleikarIcelandic
- moeilijkheid, moeiteDutch
- vanske(lighet), besvær, strevNorwegian
- دشواری؛ سختیPersian
- سختى، ګرانى: ريړPashto
- ťažkosť, problémSlovak
- zorluk, güçlükTurkish
- 困難Chinese (Trad.)
- دشواری کی کیفیتUrdu
- sự khó khănVietnamese
- 困难Chinese (Simp.)
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