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trouble

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verb trou·ble \ˈtrə-bəl\

Definition of trouble

troubled

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troubling

play \ˈtrə-b(ə-)liŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to agitate mentally or spiritually :  worry, disturbb (1) archaic :  mistreat, oppress (2) :  to produce physical disorder in :  afflict troubled by a coldc :  to put to exertion or inconvenience I'm sorry to trouble you

  3. 2 :  to put into confused motion the wind troubled the sea

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become mentally agitated :  worry refused to trouble over trifles

  6. 2 :  to make an effort :  be at pains did not trouble to come

troubler

play \-b(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of trouble in a sentence

  1. The accusations troubled him deeply.

  2. I'm troubled by his strange behavior.

  3. I don't mean to trouble you, but I have a question.

Origin and Etymology of trouble

Middle English, from Anglo-French trubler, from Vulgar Latin *turbulare, from *turbulus agitated, alteration of Latin turbulentus — more at turbulent


First Known Use: 13th century


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trouble

noun trou·ble

Definition of trouble

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being troubled especially mentally

  2. 2 :  public unrest or disturbance there's trouble brewing downtown

  3. 3 :  an instance of trouble used to disguise her frustrations and despair by making light of her troublesCurrent Biog.

  4. 4 :  a state or condition of distress, annoyance, or difficulty in trouble with the law heading for trouble got into financial trouble: such asa :  a condition of physical distress or ill health :  ailment back trouble heart troubleb :  a condition of mechanical malfunction engine troublec :  a condition of doing something badly or only with great difficulty has trouble reading has trouble breathingd :  pregnancy out of wedlock got a girl in trouble

  5. 5 :  an effort made :  pains took the trouble to do it right

  6. 6a :  a cause of distress, annoyance, or inconvenience don't mean to be any trouble what's the trouble?b :  a negative feature :  drawback the trouble with you is you're too honest the main trouble with electronic systems is the overreliance on them — John Perhamc :  the unhappy or sad fact the trouble is, I need the money

Examples of trouble in a sentence

  1. The new system is giving me trouble.

  2. He was having trouble with his homework.

  3. I had a little trouble finding the place.

  4. He had no trouble finding a new job.

  5. gangs looking to make trouble

  6. When the new CEO arrived, the company was in trouble.

  7. She got into trouble with her credit cards.

  8. He's always getting in trouble at school.

  9. She has been having trouble with her knee.

13th Century

First Known Use of trouble

13th century



TROUBLE Defined for English Language Learners

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trouble

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verb trou·ble \ˈtrə-bəl\

Definition of trouble for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) feel worried or upset

  • : to disturb or bother (someone)

  • : to cause (someone) to feel pain


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trouble

noun trou·ble

Definition of trouble for English Language Learners

  • : problems or difficulties

  • : a situation that is difficult or has a lot of problems

  • : a situation that occurs if you do something wrong or break a rule and which will make someone angry or cause you to be punished


TROUBLE Defined for Kids

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trouble

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noun trou·ble \ˈtrə-bəl\

Definition of trouble for Students

  1. 1 :  something that causes worry or distress :  misfortune I've suffered many troubles.

  2. 2 :  an instance of distress or disturbance Don't make trouble.

  3. 3 :  extra work or effort They took the trouble to write.

  4. 4 :  ill health :  ailment “Your trouble comes from years of wearing the wrong kind of shoes,” Jake lectured. — Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game

  5. 5 :  failure to work normally He had trouble with the engine.


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trouble

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verb trou·ble

Definition of trouble for Students

troubled

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troubling

  1. 1 :  to become or make worried or upset … reading this book will make you feel anxious, because you will be troubled by the disturbing suspense … — Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator

  2. 2 :  to produce physical disorder in :  afflict He's troubled with weak knees.

  3. 3 :  to put to inconvenience Don't trouble yourself; I can do it.

  4. 4 :  to make an effort Do not trouble to write.



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