trou·​bled | \ ˈtrə-bəld How to pronounce troubled (audio) \

Definition of troubled

1a : concerned, worried troubled feelings about the decision
b : exhibiting emotional or behavioral problems a program for troubled youth
2 : characterized by or indicative of trouble our troubled cities a gray and troubled sky

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Examples of troubled in a Sentence

She seemed troubled about something. These have been troubled times.
Recent Examples on the Web The troubled department struggles with recruitment, leading to a shortage of officers on the streets. Talia Richman,, "Baltimore Police Academy expected to relocate to University of Baltimore," 17 Sep. 2019 Polo, who is first glimpsed almost 40 minutes into the movie and thereafter figures only marginally, remains a cipher; his troubled history is secondary to the tiresomely circuitous blather of Ema, Gaston and everyone else. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ema': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 Complaints against the company and the troubled history of one of its founders were detailed in a July 7 Houston Chronicle investigation. Jenny Deam, Houston Chronicle, "Colorado becomes fourth state to take action against Aliera," 14 Aug. 2019 Mississippi reported just one hate crime for the entirety of 2017 among its 3 million residents across its 82 counties, many with a troubled racial history. Mallory Simon And Sara Sidner, CNN, "Heather Heyer's not on this FBI list. How hate crimes become invisible," 12 Aug. 2019 As president, his administration has moved away from consent decrees, which the Obama administration used to force oversight of troubled police departments in Baltimore, Ferguson and other cities. Mitch Smith, New York Times, "Policing: What Changed (and Didn’t) Since Michael Brown Died," 7 Aug. 2019 Westfield Transport, the company for which Zhukovskyy had been driving on the day of the June 21 crash, also has a troubled history. Fox News, "NH governor rips Mass., says DMV 'deficiencies' led to horrific crash that killed 7," 3 Aug. 2019 Los Angeles County officials are weighing a plan to create a large and robust oversight body for the troubled Probation Department, according to a draft proposal to be announced Thursday. Matt Stiles,, "L.A. County to propose new oversight panel for troubled Probation Department," 12 June 2019 Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld never looked particularly troubled, Palace were consistently boxed in without outlets when pressed, and the whole second half gave each Spurs player the chance to express themselves., "First Half Blitz Helps Tottenham Recapture Old White Hart Lane Buzz in 4-0 Crystal Palace Rout," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of troubled

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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11 Oct 2019

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English Language Learners Definition of troubled

: worried or anxious
: having many problems

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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