1 hard, arduous, toilsome, strenuous, tough, laborious, burdensome, onerous, demanding:
He found it difficult to work the longer hours. The first birth is sometimes difficult.
2 puzzling, perplexing, baffling, enigmatic(al), profound, abstruse, obscure, recondite, complex; thorny, intricate, sensitive, knotty, problematic(al), ticklish, scabrous:
Some of the questions in the exam were very difficult. The analyst raised a lot of difficult issues which I had to confront.
3 intractable, recalcitrant, obstructive, stubborn, unmanageable, obstinate, contrary, unaccommodating, refractory, unyielding, uncompromising; naughty, ill-behaved; Colloq Brit bloody-minded:
Tessa has three difficult teenagers in the house these days.
4 troubled, troubling, tough, burdensome, onerous, demanding, trying, hard, grim, dark, unfavourable, straitening:
We have been through some difficult times together.
5 fussy, particular, demanding, finicky, finical, fastidious, critical, troublesome, difficile, awkward, Colloq nit-picking:
I'll go wherever you like; I don't want to be difficult about it. Sharon can be a very difficult person to be with.
be, look, prove, seem, sound | become, get
It is getting more and more difficult to find a job.
| make sth
The fog made driving very difficult.
| find sth
exceedingly, extraordinarily, extremely, incredibly, particularly, really, very | doubly
Her disability made taking care of the home and raising a family doubly difficult.
| increasingly | a bit, quite, rather | notoriously
Birth rates are notoriously difficult to predict.
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