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By a very small degree or margin (if at all)
“Trying to be “less bad” is hardly motivational. You want to give employees something to strive for.”
Not happening frequently
“He's hardly in the office. He's always out there, working hard, solving cases for his department.”
Only with great difficulty
“In the very early days when I was just hardly able to walk, Margaret would get a hold of me under one arm and Harry would be on the other side of me.”
Almost certainly not
“I am hardly going to admit it here, especially if you will not then give me the pills with which to do it by, am I?”
In a harsh or oppressive manner
more ❯
“Do you think it is no pain to me to deal hardly with you, Edmund?”
With great endeavor or resolve
more ❯
“It was a hardly fought contest, but their skill would ultimately prevail over their opponents.”
In a manner filled with grief or bitterness
more ❯
“He took the tragic incident really hardly and it drove him crazy.”
On certain occasions, or in certain circumstances, but not always
Not noticeably, too small to be detected, too little to be perceived
To a smaller extent or degree
Used to emphasize something surprising or extreme
In an intangible manner
Adverb for solid and resistant to pressure
“The glass would fall and shatter on the hard concrete floor.”
Adverb for requiring a great deal of effort
“It's hard work trying to get a good photo of my children who won't sit still.”
Adverb for forceful in nature
“The children delivered several hard blows to the pinata with their sticks.”
Adverb for difficult to comprehend or decipher
“This crossword puzzle is too hard for me to solve.”
Adverb for difficult to bear
“A recession was predicted, and the populace braced themselves for hard times to come.”
Adverb for able to withstand hardship
“It was grueling work, but he was a hard man and nothing fazed him.”
Adverb for unquestionable or indisputable
“We must rely on hard facts to reach a determination as opposed to the whims of those with vested interests.”
Adverb for based on fact
“I will need some hard information on this matter, and not just something you made up.”
Adverb for confronting or thought-provoking in nature
“His life was a mess, and it was time to ask himself some hard questions about the choices he had made.”
Adverb for established and not subject to change
“These are the hard rules of the establishment that you must abide by.”
Adverb for bitter or resentful in nature
“He still harbored hard feelings toward those who had wronged him in the past.”
Adverb for unwavering from one's opinion or persuasion
“Despite evidence to the contrary, he refused to change his hard opinions on the matter.”
(of liquor) Adverb for having an intoxicating nature
“I try to avoid drinking too much hard liquor as I do not enjoy being over-inebriated.”
(of drugs or narcotics) Adverb for strong or potent in nature
“His life was ruined once he started using hard drugs.”
(of the elements) Adverb for harsh and severe
“This year's winter has been particularly hard.”
Used to express refusal
Used to indicate that something is quite the opposite of what is being specified
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