difficult to do, understand or answer a hard choice/question hard to do something It is hard to believe that she's only nine. It's hard to see how they can lose. ‘When will the job be finished?’ ‘It's hard to say’ (= it is difficult to be certain). I find his attitude very hard to take (= difficult to accept). We're finding reliable staff hard to come by (= difficult to get). You are hard to please, aren’t you? hard for somebody (to do something) It's hard for old people to change their ways. It must be hard for her, bringing up four children on her own.