troubleshoot

verb
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

Examples of troubleshoot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Grandparents can troubleshoot tricky pleats or hems while sewing non-medical masks to donate, or help younger kids (or those without a sewing machine) with a no-sew mask. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "How to foster relationships between kids and grandparents (and great-grandparents!)," 7 May 2020 Each of those prospects needed an in-home point of contact to help troubleshoot any issues during the draft; McKenna and the league didn’t want that onus to be on the players during one of the biggest moments of their lives. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Meet the Auburn grad and behind-the-scenes star who saved the NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2020 Make Dinner Choose the same recipe, then troubleshoot unrisen doughs and boiled-over rice pots together. Amanda Sims Clifford, House Beautiful, "I Miss Everyone So Much—But I'm Seeing Them So Much More," 23 Apr. 2020 Running a day late because of work to troubleshoot a valve in the rocket's second stage, the Falcon 9 roared to life at 10:05 a.m. EST and vaulted away from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX launches 60 more internet-beaming satellites — but rocket booster misses landing on drone ship," 17 Feb. 2020 The teams were judged on their ability to troubleshoot and get to the root of each issue in a timely and systematic manner. Rich Heileman, cleveland, "Pulizzi, Griffin to deliver keynotes at BW event: Around The Town," 28 Feb. 2020 There was little wrestling with engine components in the garage, scant duct-taping of body panels out in the pits, and a dearth of crazed gesticulating from crew members trying to troubleshoot this or that problem. Eric Adams, Wired, "How a Street-Smart Supercar Got Ready for the Racetrack," 17 Feb. 2020 But if something goes awry, like a sensor malfunctions or a truck gets hung up on a rock, the operation has to shut down so a human worker can safely troubleshoot the problem. Matt Simon, Wired, "Spot the Robot Dog Trots Into the Big, Bad World," 23 Jan. 2020 Councilman Bill Meany assembled city officials and met with Pat Greco, Wexford Glen homeowners’ association president, at a special Dec. 9 meeting to troubleshoot the problematic pond. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Middleburg Hts. officials troubleshoot Wexford Glen detention pond problem," 21 Dec. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

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“Troubleshoot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troubleshoot. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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