Hard - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |hɑːrd|  American pronunciation of the word hard
Brit.  |hɑːd|  British pronunciation of the word hard


- very strong or vigorous(syn: knockout, severe)
- characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort(syn: arduous, backbreaking, grueling, gruelling, heavy, laborious, operose, punishing, toilsome)
- given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors(syn: heavy, intemperate)
- being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content(syn: strong)
- unfortunate or hard to bear(syn: tough)
- dried out


- with effort or force or vigor
- with firmness(syn: firmly)
- earnestly or intently
- causing great damage or hardship(syn: severely)
- slowly and with difficulty(syn: hardly)
- indulging excessively (syn: heavily, intemperately)
- into a solid condition

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She was asked a lot of hard questions.

We're going to have to make some hard choices.

It was very hard to find a replacement for her.

Their story is hard to believe.

It's hard not to worry about her.

It's hard to tell what she's thinking.

He has learned a hard lesson.

His health has suffered from years of hard living.

This old bicycle has obviously gotten some hard use.

You have to work hard in order to succeed.

I know how hard she tried.

She ran as hard as she could.

We've thought long and hard about this problem.

He hit the ball hard.

The ball hit him hard on the wrist.

Phrasal verbs

hard up  — not having enough money to pay for necessities

Word forms

comparative: harder
superlative: hardest
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