trou·​ble·​shoot | \ˈtrə-bəl-ˌshüt \
troubleshot\ˈtrə-​bəl-​ˌshät \; troubleshooting

Definition of troubleshoot 

intransitive verb

: to operate or serve as a troubleshooter is troubleshooting for an electronics firm

transitive verb

: to investigate or deal with in the role of troubleshooter troubleshoots TV receivers troubleshoot a problem

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Carlos Ghosn, shown in 2017, often turned to Greg Kelly to troubleshoot problems and deal with personnel matters, former Nissan executives said. Sean Mclain, WSJ, "Ghosn’s ‘Inside Man,’ Now Jailed in Japan, Quietly Wielded Power at Nissan," 21 Nov. 2018 Minutes after the crew communicated the situation to air-traffic controllers and gradually gained altitude as part of an apparent effort to troubleshoot the problem, the twin-engine plane plunged into the water at a steep angle and high speed. Ben Otto, WSJ, "Indonesia Crash Probe Zeros In on Faulty Flight-Control Gear," 7 Nov. 2018 The control tower asked the pilot to circle the airport to troubleshoot the problem. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Plane crash victims were traveling to see daughter play volleyball," 26 June 2018 Antonio Neri began his journey at Hewlett Packard as a call-center agent helping customers troubleshoot problems with their servers and printers. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, "Hewlett Packard Enterprise CEO Antonio Neri Talks Meg Whitman, Microsoft, and Cloud," 22 June 2018 The Prison will open soon and have Claudius’ drugs running through it, Malachai and the Ghoulies will be the soldiers and dealers, and Penny will help troubleshoot., "Riverdale Season 2, Episode 22 Recap: "Brave New World"," 17 May 2018 Jones suggests that United empower its gate agents to troubleshoot similar problems - so that mistakes are discovered long before a flight is readying for takeoff. Susan Glaser,, "Flying with Fido: On your next trip, maybe it's better to leave your pets at home," 26 Mar. 2018 Utilizing advanced pre-constructions processes including CAD, BIM, Trimble Robotic Total Station Layout, Design-Build and Value Engineering has allowed DPE to troubleshoot issues and maintain quality work throughout projects. Joan Westlake, azcentral, "At DP Electric, people power success," 14 May 2018 The staff’s work includes matching nurse candidates with the right skills for the job, finding housing for them, and troubleshooting any issues during the contract. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Top Midsize Workplace: Traveling nurse company RNnetwork lets workers be their best selves," 19 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of troubleshoot

1918, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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