trou·​ble·​shoot | \ ˈtrə-bəl-ˌshüt How to pronounce troubleshoot (audio) \
troubleshot\ ˈtrə-​bəl-​ˌshät How to pronounce troubleshot (audio) \; 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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The nonprofit works to help apiaries troubleshoot such problems, while also collecting data that can lead to solutions. Scott Dance,, "Honey bee losses highest in 13 years this winter, University of Maryland-led survey finds," 19 June 2019 But fortunately for Garrett, beer lovers don’t have to troubleshoot alone in Birmingham. Emma Simmons,, "Local homebrew clubs bring community to beer lovers," 18 June 2019 In one scenario, artificial intelligence slows hiring rates at call centers as people get used to doing things like managing their bank accounts online or troubleshooting their vacuum cleaners with chat assistants. James Hookway, WSJ, "Philippine Call Centers Try to Put Threat of Automation on Hold," 6 Aug. 2018 This is the time to troubleshoot any potential problem areas. Ana Colón, Glamour, "8 Red Carpet Fashion Hacks Celebrity Stylists Swear By," 18 Jan. 2019 Technicians tried to troubleshoot the system, including replacing a sensor suspected of providing bad information about the position of the plane’s nose. Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Lion Air Crash Prompts Some Carriers to Boost Pilot Training," 7 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of troubleshoot

1918, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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