From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdifficultydif‧fi‧cul‧ty /ˈdɪfɪkəlti/ ●●●S2W1 noun (plural difficulties) 🔊 🔊 1[uncountable]DIFFICULT if you have difficulty doing something, it is difficult for you to dohave/experience difficulty (in) doing something 🔊 They had great difficulty in finding a replacement.with/without difficulty 🔊 He got to his feet with difficulty. ► Do not say that someone ‘has difficulty to do something’. Say that someone has difficulty doing something or has difficulty in doing something.2[countable usually plural]PROBLEM a problem or something that causes troubledifficulty with 🔊 There are several difficulties with this theory. 🔊 If you have any difficulties, give me a call. 🔊 The project soon ran into difficulties. 🔊 Difficulties can arise when there is more than one defendant.3[uncountable] if you are in difficulty, you are in a situation in which you have problemsin difficulty 🔊 The business is in financial difficulty.get/run into difficulty (=get into a difficult situation) 🔊 She soon got into difficulty with debt.4[uncountable] the quality of being difficult to dothe difficulty of (doing) something 🔊 the difficulty of solving such problems5[uncountable]DIFFICULT how difficult something is 🔊 The tests vary in difficulty. →learning difficultiesCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a problem or something that causes troubleverbshave difficultiesBy the age of eight, Robbie was having difficulties at school.run into/get into difficulties (=find yourself in a difficult situation)Three people were rescued from a boat that had got into difficulties.experience/encounter difficulties formal (=have difficulties)Graduates often experience considerable difficulties in getting their first job.face difficultiesThe hotel’s owners were facing financial difficulties.overcome/resolve difficulties (=deal with them successfully)We are confident that we can overcome these difficulties.present/pose difficulties formal (=be something that is difficult to deal with)English spelling may present some difficulties for learners.be fraught with difficulties (=involve a lot of them)The whole plan was fraught with difficulties.cause/lead to difficultiesStress and worry both cause sleep difficulties.give rise to difficulties formal (=cause them)The stormy weather gave rise to difficulties for many of the competitors in the yacht race.difficulties arise (=happen)It’s best to discuss any difficulties that arise rather than trying to deal with them alone.adjectivesmajor/serious/severe difficultiesBy then, we were having serious financial difficulties.considerable difficulties (=a lot of problems)They had considerable difficulties in getting funding for their research.technical difficultiesThe flight was delayed due to technical difficulties.practical difficulties (=problems with doing something)It’s a great idea, but there will be a number of practical difficulties.financial/economic difficultiesThe company is facing serious financial difficulties.breathing difficultiesShe was taken to hospital with breathing difficulties.marital difficulties (=in a marriage)You may need help in dealing with your marital difficulties.