- dif|fi|cultW1S1 [ˈdıfıkəlt] adj[Date: 1300-1400; Origin: difficulty]1.) hard to do, understand, or deal with≠ ↑easy▪ a difficult question▪ an immensely difficult task▪ Was the exam very difficult?▪ It's difficult to see how more savings can be made.difficult (for sb) to understand/find/obtain etc▪ That's rather difficult for me to explain.▪ He's finding it difficult to get a job.2.) involving a lot of problems and causing a lot of trouble or worry▪ a difficult situation▪ Things are a bit difficult at home at the moment.▪ There could be difficult times ahead.make life/things difficult for sb(=cause problems for someone)▪ She's doing everything she can to make life difficult for him.3.) someone who is difficult never seems pleased or satisfied= ↑awkward▪ Don't be so difficult!▪ a difficult customer▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD FOCUS: difficultdifficult to do: hard, tough, challenging, dauntingdifficult and needing a lot of physical effort: tough, strenuous, back-breaking, gruelling, arduous, punishingdifficult to deal with or talk about: tricky, awkward, delicate, sensitive, touchywords for describing a difficult person: awkward, tryingwords for describing difficult conditions: adverse, hostile▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.