Definition of 'difficulty'
Video: pronunciation of 'difficulty'
Example sentences containing 'difficulty'
These examples have been automatically selected and may contain sensitive content. Read more…
It is accepted that the school was experiencing serious financial difficulty. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Sometimes obstacles are mere difficulties to be overcome. Times, Sunday Times (2017)Your son may or may not have had learning difficulties that affected his school outcome. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Now the club will find out whether they are to be penalised on the field for their financial difficulties off it. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Now Black will have great difficulty defending all his queenside weaknesses. Times, Sunday Times (2016)He faces trial this year accused of the 1974 attempted murder of a man with learning difficulties. The Sun (2017)This is the great difficulty. The Sun (2016)Perhaps it was the difficulty of getting his ideas across to a new set of players, whom he admits do not fit his ideal system. Times, Sunday Times (2016)With great difficulty he learned to restrain himself. The Broken God (1993)That panel would encourage firms in financial difficulties to go to it for advice. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Women inspectors were appointed to deal with that difficulty. Times, Sunday Times (2015)They have great difficulty getting out of bed in the mornings and are exhausted all day. Coming Off Tranquillizers and Sleeping Pills (1991)And objections and difficulties no one thought about suddenly turn out to be almost insurmountable obstacles. THE ESSENTIAL DRUCKER (2001)Remember there are people out in the country who have difficulties and want to hear the case. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Usually you can charm your way out of difficulties with astonishing ease. Times, Sunday Times (2015)What might have been only a little local difficulty became a national scandal. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Sometimes obstacles are just difficulties to be overcome. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She has some learning difficulties and she was taunted. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Symptoms include learning difficulties and behavioural problems. The Sun (2014)Having the other couple there certainly helped to ease the difficulty. Christianity Today (2000)One difficulty is lack of an absolute standard for defining excessive absenteeism. Human Resource Management in Government (1995)We few had little difficulty in keeping them in their places. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Choosing the right kind of tree and planting it in the right place presents a great many difficulties. The Education of a Gardener (1994)They were reported to have suffered financial difficulties after guests complained the house was filthy and infested with rats. Times, Sunday Times (2010)One of the difficulties in dealing with it lay in a lack of real knowledge about its extent and depth. Paul VI - The First Modern Pope (1993)If the tourists do not come, the resulting economic difficulties provide a breeding ground for extremism. Times, Sunday Times (2016)It's a legacy that the country still has difficulty coming to terms with. Times, Sunday Times (2007)Most of those Footsie constituents to improve were targeted for their relative resilience in times of economic difficulty. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is not prepared for the difficulties, troubles, and problems which inevitably follow the most harmonious and most logical acquisition. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)
Trends of 'difficulty'
Very Common. difficulty is one of the 4000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
View usage over:
Translations for 'difficulty'
British English: difficulty /ˈdɪfɪkltɪ/ NOUN
A difficulty is a problem.
- American English: difficulty
- Arabic: صُعُوبَة
- Brazilian Portuguese: dificuldade
- Chinese: 困难
- Croatian: teškoća
- Czech: obtížnost
- Danish: vanskelighed
- Dutch: moeilijkheid
- European Spanish: dificultad
- Finnish: vaikeus
- French: difficulté
- German: Schwierigkeit
- Greek: δυσκολία
- Italian: difficoltà
- Japanese: 困難
- Korean: 어려움
- Norwegian: vanskelighet
- Polish: trudność
- European Portuguese: dificuldade
- Romanian: dificultate
- Russian: сложность
- Spanish: dificultad
- Swedish: svårighet
- Thai: ความยากลำบาก
- Turkish: güçlük
- Ukrainian: труднощі
- Vietnamese: sự khó khăn
Definition of difficulty from the Collins English Dictionary
Collins Dictionaries for Schools
Our new online dictionaries for schools provide a safe and appropriate environment for children. And best of all it's ad free, so sign up now and start using at home or in the classroom.
Study guides for every stage of your learning journey
Whether you're in search of a crossword puzzle, a detailed guide to tying knots, or tips on writing the perfect college essay, Harper Reference has you covered for all your study needs.
13th edition of the Collins Dictionary out now!
Updated with all the very latest new words and senses, this new 13th edition is an unparalleled resource for word lovers, word gamers, and word geeks everywhere. #homeoflivingenglish
We have almost 200 lists of words from topics as varied as types of butterflies, jackets, currencies, vegetables and knots! Amaze your friends with your new-found knowledge!
Rainbow Tree, Asymmetric Wreath, and Period Poverty: November’s Words in the News
Catch up on the latest words in the news this November with Robert Groves.
Join the Collins community
All the latest wordy news, linguistic insights, offers and competitions every month.