Translation of difícil in English:

difícil

adj

  • 1 1.1[ser] [problema/tema/situación] difficult el examen fue muy difícil the exam was very hard o/or difficult es un problema difícil it's a tricky o/or difficult problem corren tiempos difíciles para nuestra economía this is a difficult time for our economy con tu actitud me lo estás poniendo más difícil you're not making it any easier for me o/or you're making it harder for me by being like that no creo que gane, lo tiene muy difícil I don't think she'll win, she's in a difficult position me fue muy difícil decírselo it was very hard o/or difficult for me to tell him resulta difícil evaluar las pérdidas it is difficult o/or hard to put a figure on the losses cada vez se hace más difícil encontrar un buen empleo it is becoming more and more difficult o/or it's becoming harder and harder to get a good job difícil de + infinitivo/infinitive difficult o/or hard to + infinitivo/infinitive mi madre es muy difícil de complacer my mother is very hard o/or difficult to please 1.2[estar] [familiar/colloquial] está la cosa difícil things are pretty difficult o/or tricky [familiar/colloquial]
  • 2[ser] (poco probable) es posible pero lo veo difícil it's possible, but I think it's unlikely o/or I don't think it's very likelydifícil que + subjuntivo/subjunctive va a ser muy difícil que acepte it's very unlikely that he'll accept veo difícil que gane I doubt if she'll win, I think it's unlikely that she'll win
  • 3[ser] [persona/carácter] difficult un niño difícil a difficult child

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Most first names in Spanish-speaking countries are those of saints. A person's santo, (also known as onomástico in Latin America and onomástica in Spain) is the saint's day of the saint that they are named for. Children were once usually named for the saint whose day they were born on, but this is less common now.