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hard

 
 
pronunciation:
hard
parts of speech:
adjective, adverb
features:
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: harder, hardest
definition 1: not soft; solid; firm; tough.
a hard rock
synonyms:
firm
antonyms:
soft, spongy, squashy
similar words:
compact, crisp, rigid, solid, steely, stony, tough
definition 2: marked by difficulty.
a hard climba hard job
synonyms:
arduous, difficult, tough, troublesome
antonyms:
easy, light, snap
similar words:
complex, knotty, laborious, nasty, painful, rough, stiff, thorny, toilsome, tricky
definition 3: troublesome to deal with.
a hard situation
synonyms:
difficult
antonyms:
easy, simple
similar words:
knotty, painful, stiff, tough, tricky, troublesome
definition 4: energetic; vigorous.
a hard worker
synonyms:
energetic, industrious, laborious, vigorous
antonyms:
lazy
similar words:
assiduous, diligent, sedulous, zealous
definition 5: marked by the ability to cause pain or do damage; severe; harsh.
a hard winterhard wordshard feelings
synonyms:
difficult, nasty, severe, tough
antonyms:
comfortable, easy, gentle, light, mild, soft
similar words:
bad, damaging, devastating, dour, grievous, harsh, injurious, painful, rigorous, rough, trying
definition 6: without grace or softness.
a hard face
synonyms:
harsh
antonyms:
gentle
similar words:
callous, dour, indurate, ruthless, stern, unfeeling, unrelenting, unsympathetic
definition 7: strict or demanding.
a hard teacher
synonyms:
demanding, harsh, rigorous, severe, strict
antonyms:
easy, easygoing, soft
similar words:
dour, exacting
definition 8: of water, containing a lot of mineral deposits.
antonyms:
soft
similar words:
mineral
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part of speech: adverb
inflections: harder, hardest
definition 1: with much effort; strenuously; diligently.
He worked hard in the fields.I thought hard about the problem.
synonyms:
arduously, strenuously
antonyms:
easily, easy
definition 2: in a harsh or severe manner.
She looked at me hard.
synonyms:
harshly, severely
antonyms:
casually, soft
similar words:
rough
definition 3: with great force or severity.
It rained hard last night.He hit me hard.
synonyms:
fiercely, violently
antonyms:
gently, lightly, slightly
similar words:
plump
Word Builder: hard +
  • harden:
    to make hard or harder.
  • hardworking:
    giving a strong effort.
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