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 Mesabi Metallics has sued the state of Minnesota for terminating its iron ore leases, a move intended to keep its troubled and long-delayed mining project from collapsing. Mike Hughlett, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021 Where those two groups overlap - where government funds are flowing to schools that are letting down poor students in terms of financial outcomes - everyone should be aware and troubled. Derek Newton, Forbes, 29 May 2021 The Cavs moved on from troubled but talented swingman Kevin Porter Jr., sending him to the Houston Rockets. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 28 May 2021 Newcomer BeBe Bettencourt is a convincing troubled teen as Ellie (and has a lovely singing voice) and Joe Klocek is soulful and off-balance as young Aaron. Michael Ordoña, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2021 On March 26, the streaming service is releasing a movie about a Christian summer camp healing a troubled teen, according to People Magazine. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 McLaughlin plays Cole, a troubled teen sent to live with his estranged father Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia. Kathleen Newman-bremang,, 16 Sep. 2020 During troubled times, companies can donate their time, resources, and products. Ellevate, Forbes, 24 May 2021 And while firewalls exist to isolate business interests from the editorial operations, those barriers can sometimes come under pressure during troubled times. Diksha Madhok, CNN, 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of troubled

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

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“Troubled.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of troubled

: worried or anxious
: having many problems


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