troubled

adjective
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.

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After a long and troubled development process, which included several notorious crashes that soured many people on the program, the Osprey eventually escaped its bad headlines and proved itself to the Pentagon. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "V-22 Osprey: The Story of the Revolutionary Tiltrotor Aircraft," 8 Feb. 2019 France came up against a troubled giant in Argentina. SI.com, "Quality vs Fire: Why Uruguay's Clash With France Could Indicate How the World Cup Will Be Won," 4 July 2018 The two-year program hires, trains and mentors sometimes-troubled individuals seeking credentials in building maintenance as well as their high school equivalency certificates. Susan Stocker, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rehab at historic New River Inn helps apprentices rebuild their lives," 8 June 2018 Baker also insisted on taking responsibility for the county’s long-troubled schools and persuaded state lawmakers to give him that authority. Erin Cox, baltimoresun.com, "In governor's race, Democrat Rushern Baker says he turned around Prince George's and will do same for Maryland," 17 May 2018 Shulkin is a former hospital executive who was a holdover from the Obama administration and who initially won Trump’s favor for his efforts to overhaul the long-troubled system for veterans health care. Fortune, "Trump Hints His Nominee for Veterans Affairs Secretary May Need to Withdraw," 24 Apr. 2018 The group continues to wage an insurgency from remote hideouts, but the work of exhuming mass graves marks an effort for Iraq to move beyond its recent troubled history. Sune Engel Rasmussen, WSJ, "Islamic State Left 200 Mass Graves in Iraq, U.N. Says," 6 Nov. 2018 The movie had a troubled production history, with director Bryan Singer fired and replaced by Dexter Fletcher a few weeks before the shoot ended, reportedly due to a temperamental personality and chronic absenteeism. Noel Murray, The Verge, "For the real Bohemian Rhapsody, stream the best recorded Queen concert this weekend," 2 Nov. 2018 The royal family endured its own heartbreak through the troubled history, with Prince Charles’ beloved uncle, Louis Mountbatten, assassinated in 1979 by an IRA bomb. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Touch Down in Dublin! See the Newlyweds’ First Ever Airport Arrival," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of troubled

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

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troubled

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of troubled

: worried or anxious
: having many problems

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