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Definition of 'hard'

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  1. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure; "a difficult task"; "nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access"; "difficult times"; "a difficult child"; "found himself in a difficult situation"; "why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
       Synonyms: difficult
       Antonyms: easy
  2. dispassionate; "took a hard look"; "a hard bargainer";
       Antonyms: soft
  3. resisting weight or pressure
       Antonyms: soft
  4. very strong or vigorous; "strong winds"; "a hard left to the chin"; "a knockout punch"; "a severe blow"
       Synonyms: knockout severe
  5. characterized by toilsome effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort; "worked their arduous way up the mining valley"; "a grueling campaign"; "hard labor"; "heavy work"; "heavy going"; "spent many laborious hours on the project"; "set a punishing pace"
       Synonyms: arduous backbreaking grueling gruelling heavy laborious operose punishing toilsome
  6. produced without vibration of the vocal cords; "unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'"
       Synonyms: unvoiced voiceless surd
       Antonyms: voiced sonant soft
  7. (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
       Synonyms: concentrated
       Antonyms: soft diffuse diffused
  8. (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum; "Russian distinguished between hard consonants and palatalized or soft consonants"
       Antonyms: soft
  9. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors; "a hard drinker"
       Synonyms: intemperate heavy
  10. being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content; "hard liquor"
       Synonyms: strong
  11. unfortunate or hard to bear; "had hard luck"; "a tough break"
       Synonyms: tough
  12. dried out; "hard dry rolls left over from the day before"


  1. with effort or force or vigor; "the team played hard"; "worked hard all day"; "pressed hard on the lever"; "hit the ball hard"; "slammed the door hard"
  2. with firmness; "held hard to the railing"
       Synonyms: firmly
  3. earnestly or intently; "thought hard about it"; "stared hard at the accused"
  4. causing great damage or hardship; "industries hit hard by the depression"; "she was severely affected by the bank's failure"
       Synonyms: severely
  5. slowly and with difficulty; "prejudices die hard"
  6. indulging excessively; "he drank heavily"
       Synonyms: heavily intemperately
       Antonyms: lightly
  7. into a solid condition; "concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
  8. very near or close in space or time; "it stands hard by the railroad tracks"; "they were hard on his heels"; "a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening"
  9. with pain or distress or bitterness; "he took the rejection very hard"
  10. to the full extent possible; all the way; "hard alee"; "the ship went hard astern"; "swung the wheel hard left"

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