hard2 S1 W2 comparative harder, superlative hardest
using a lot of effort, energy, or attention:
She has worked hard all her life.
He had thought long and hard before getting involved with the project.
She tried her hardest to ignore what he'd said.
Ella was concentrating very hard.
I couldn't convince him no matter how hard I tried.
with a lot of force:
You need to hit the ball hard.
He slammed the door hard behind him.
It was raining very hard.
becoming solid, stiff, or firm:
By now the cement had set hard.
to be badly affected by something that has happened:
Sales were hard hit by high interest rates.
to have difficulty doing something: ➔ hard-pressed
You'd be hard pressed to find anyone better for the job.
to be or feel unfairly treated:
As a child I felt hard done by, living so far away from my friends.
to be very upset about something, especially bad news:
Alan took his mother's death particularly hard.
8 British English formal
soon after something:
His second major contract followed hard upon the first.
to laugh, cry etc a lot