[ US /ˈhɑɹd/ ]
[ UK /hˈɑːd/ ]
  1. (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
  2. dried out
    hard dry rolls left over from the day before
  3. being distilled rather than fermented; having a high alcoholic content
    hard liquor
  4. not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
    difficult times
    a difficult task
    nesting places on the cliffs are difficult of access
    why is it so hard for you to keep a secret?
  5. produced without vibration of the vocal cords
    unvoiced consonants such as `p' and `k' and `s'
  6. given to excessive indulgence of bodily appetites especially for intoxicating liquors
    a hard drinker
  7. dispassionate
    took a hard look
    a hard bargainer
  8. very strong or vigorous
    strong winds
    a knockout punch
    a hard left to the chin
    a severe blow
  9. unfortunate or hard to bear
    had hard luck
    a tough break
  10. (of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source
  11. resisting weight or pressure
  12. characterized by effort to the point of exhaustion; especially physical effort
    worked their arduous way up the mining valley
    heavy going
    hard labor
    heavy work
    set a punishing pace
    a grueling campaign
    spent many laborious hours on the project
  1. indulging excessively
    he drank heavily
  2. earnestly or intently
    stared hard at the accused
    thought hard about it
  3. with effort or force or vigor
    hit the ball hard
    slammed the door hard
    the team played hard
    pressed hard on the lever
    worked hard all day
  4. very near or close in space or time
    they were hard on his heels
    a strike followed hard upon the plant's opening
    it stands hard by the railroad tracks
  5. with pain or distress or bitterness
    he took the rejection very hard
  6. to the full extent possible; all the way
    swung the wheel hard left
    hard alee
    the ship went hard astern
  7. slowly and with difficulty
    prejudices die hard
    he was so dizzy he could hardly stand up straight
  8. with firmness
    held hard to the railing
  9. causing great damage or hardship
    she was severely affected by the bank's failure
    industries hit hard by the depression
  10. into a solid condition
    concrete that sets hard within a few hours
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How To Use hard In A Sentence

  • Richardson, are proprietors of shows, and the berouged, bedraggled creatures who exhibit on the platform outside for their living. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 53, No. 327, January, 1843
  • You would be hard pressed to find a young captain or major who hadn't flown combat sorties in the area of operations.
  • A lot of human nature can be traced to instinctive behaviors evolved in harder times. ProWomanProLife » Why am I so skeptical?
  • Either the recession is biting harder than I had realised or a lot of people are confused about the boundaries between fact and fiction.
  • We've got a lot of hard work ahead.
  • There is probably room for a touch more earthiness, a little more hardness in her approach to a Don José who is always going to be putty in her hands.
  • I find it hard to get my tongue round these Polish names.
  • The "lawmen" in the Justice Department, etc, who are doing the hard work to bring these Wall Street criminals to the courthouse will be compromised. Stephen Gyllenhaal: Goldman and Sachs and Lipstick and Rouge
  • The tranquility of Birch's daytime views hardly characterized the disputative climate surrounding the building, then and later.
  • Small businesses have been hit hard / hard hit by the recession.
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