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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And for good reason—there'd be too many people trying to kill him for the crown, and Jon would have to break off his already troubled relationship with Daenerys. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Will Sansa Take the Iron Throne in 'Game of Thrones'?," 7 May 2019 Leeds United are planning to take an unusual, somewhat unsafe, post-season tour to the politically troubled country of Burma in Southeast Asia., "Leeds United Set to Play 2 Friendlies During Post-Season Tour of Burma Despite Security Risks," 24 Apr. 2018 Sears, which has struggled with competition from online retailers, discount chains and other department stores, is still deeply troubled. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, "Sears Goes Under and Sales Go Up," 13 Dec. 2018 While the launching of the Johnson completes the construction of the controversial destroyers, the program—which was cut by more than 90 percent, and still lacks ammunition for the six advanced gun systems—remains deeply troubled. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "As the Final Zumwalt-Class Stealth Destroyer Launches, the Ships’ Fate Remains Unclear," 11 Dec. 2018 But those in the military with troubled childhoods are more susceptible to mental-health problems. Jim Rendon, Marie Claire, "When Female Veterans Return Home," 29 Oct. 2018 Camille and Alice both engage in self-harm, but Camille seems to be the only person who can sense how troubled Alice is or notices the extent of her cutting. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Sharp Objects shows that men can’t comprehend a dangerous woman in “Fix”," 23 July 2018 Central to the drama is Caitlin (Laura Donnelly), Quinn’s widowed sister-in-law who’s been living with Quinn’s family since his brother’s disappearance, along with her troubled teenage son, Oisin (Rob Malone). Aja Romano, Vox, "The Olivier-winning play from Jez Butterworth juggles 21 actors, a baby, and a goose — with a dark strain of Irish nationalism.," 3 Nov. 2018 Josh Gordon, the talented and troubled wide receiver acquired from the Browns, has 13 catches in four games since New England traded for him. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "The Patriots’ Best Receiver Is a Running Back," 28 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of troubled

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

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English Language Learners Definition of troubled

: worried or anxious
: having many problems

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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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