trou·​ble·​shoot | \ ˈtrə-bəl-ˌshüt How to pronounce troubleshoot (audio) \
troubleshot\ ˈtrə-​bəl-​ˌshät How to pronounce troubleshoot (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

Examples of troubleshoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the behind-the-scenes workers mostly monitor the robot, if the bot runs into trouble, the human worker can use a remote control to drive or troubleshoot the vehicle. Steve Banker, Forbes, 1 May 2022 Hayward characterized the call center as an important asset for U.S. troops unable to troubleshoot glitches on their own. Alex Horton, Washington Post, 14 June 2022 When the spacecraft was rolled out to the launch pad in August of 2021, a pre-flight check revealed that key valves had been stuck in place, and engineers weren't able to immediately troubleshoot the issue. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 19 May 2022 When his team began to trail on the scoreboard, a situation in which other coaches would call a time out to troubleshoot, Jackson tended to demur. Jeremy Kahn, Fortune, 13 May 2022 Hybrid work does not have the same ability to troubleshoot end-user devices when not physically in the office. Patrick Moorhead, Forbes, 16 June 2022 Also, as of press time, the Deck doesn't include any way to troubleshoot a dongle's inability to send audio to a TV via HDMI. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2022 At his full-time job at the Towson Apple store, Julian Milligan not only helps customers make purchases but also works on iPhone and Mac device repairs and helps customers troubleshoot their Apple products. Lorraine Mirabella, Baltimore Sun, 26 May 2022 The mission’s engineers can also use the tapes to check on Perseverance’s health; if the rover starts making weird, unexpected noises, engineers might want to troubleshoot, like a mechanic searching for the source of trouble in a grumbling car. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of troubleshoot

1918, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for troubleshoot

back-formation from troubleshooter

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The first known use of troubleshoot was in 1918

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“Troubleshoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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