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Meaning & Definition of Hard in English

English

Hard

/hɑrd/

adjective

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"
  • "Why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?"
    synonym:
  • difficult
  • ,
  • hard

2. Dispassionate

  • "Took a hard look"
  • "A hard bargainer"
    synonym:
  • hard

3. Resisting weight or pressure

    synonym:
  • hard

4. Very strong or vigorous

  • "Strong winds"
  • "A hard left to the chin"
  • "A knockout punch"
  • "A severe blow"
    synonym:
  • hard
  • ,
  • knockout
  • ,
  • severe

5. Characterized by 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"
    synonym:
  • arduous
  • ,
  • backbreaking
  • ,
  • grueling
  • ,
  • gruelling
  • ,
  • hard
  • ,
  • heavy
  • ,
  • laborious
  • ,
  • operose
  • ,
  • punishing
  • ,
  • toilsome

6. Produced without vibration of the vocal cords

  • "Unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'"
    synonym:
  • unvoiced
  • ,
  • voiceless
  • ,
  • surd
  • ,
  • hard

7. (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

    synonym:
  • hard
  • ,
  • concentrated

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"
    synonym:
  • hard

9. Given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors

  • "A hard drinker"
    synonym:
  • intemperate
  • ,
  • hard
  • ,
  • heavy

10. Being distilled rather than fermented

  • Having a high alcoholic content
  • "Hard liquor"
    synonym:
  • hard
  • ,
  • strong

11. Unfortunate or hard to bear

  • "Had hard luck"
  • "A tough break"
    synonym:
  • hard
  • ,
  • tough

12. Dried out

  • "Hard dry rolls left over from the day before"
    synonym:
  • hard

adverb

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"
    synonym:
  • hard

2. With firmness

  • "Held hard to the railing"
    synonym:
  • hard
  • ,
  • firmly

3. Earnestly or intently

  • "Thought hard about it"
  • "Stared hard at the accused"
    synonym:
  • hard

4. Causing great damage or hardship

  • "Industries hit hard by the depression"
  • "She was severely affected by the bank's failure"
    synonym:
  • hard
  • ,
  • severely

5. Slowly and with difficulty

  • "Prejudices die hard"
    synonym:
  • hard

6. Indulging excessively

  • "He drank heavily"
    synonym:
  • heavily
  • ,
  • intemperately
  • ,
  • hard

7. Into a solid condition

  • "Concrete that sets hard within a few hours"
    synonym:
  • hard

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"
    synonym:
  • hard

9. With pain or distress or bitterness

  • "He took the rejection very hard"
    synonym:
  • hard

10. To the full extent possible

  • All the way
  • "Hard alee"
  • "The ship went hard astern"
  • "Swung the wheel hard left"
    synonym:
  • hard

Examples of using

I had to learn the hard way that you need to learn to get good grades in university.
Tom was looking for Mary, but it was raining hard and he didn't see her.
Time has come to admit that hard work and hope are no substitute for actual knowledge.