Definition of taxing adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtæksɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtæksɪŋ//
Describing work
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needing a great amount of physical or mental effort synonym demanding a taxing job This shouldn't be too taxing for you. There was nothing intellectually taxing about the exercise. Synonymsdifficulthard challenging demanding taxingThese words all describe something that is not easy and requires a lot of effort or skill to do.difficult not easy; needing effort or skill to do or understand:The exam questions were quite difficult. It is difficult for young people to find jobs around here.hard not easy; needing effort or skill to do or understand:I always found languages quite hard at school. It was one of the hardest things I ever did.difficult or hard?Hard is slightly less formal than difficult. It is used particularly in the structure hard to believe/​say/​find/​take, etc., although difficult can also be used in any of these examples.challenging (approving) difficult in an interesting way that tests your ability.demanding difficult to do or deal with and needing a lot of effort, skill or patience:It is a technically demanding piece of music to play.taxing (often used in negative statements) difficult to do and needing a lot of mental or physical effort:This shouldn’t be too taxing for you.Patterns difficult/​hard/​challenging/​demanding/​taxing for somebody difficult/​hard to do something physically difficult/​hard/​challenging/​demanding/​taxing technically difficult/​challenging/​demanding mentally/​intellectually challenging/​demanding/​taxing See related entries: Describing work
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