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

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 After troubleshooting in the days after the hackathon, the two successfully made the Zeugmatron create its first image. Lizzy Lawrence, STAT, 13 Nov. 2023 Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, the City of San Diego’s Office of Environmental Services, and the County of San Diego’s Department of Public Works each details several methods, offering a wealth of ideas and suggestions along with tips and troubleshooting. Nate Northup, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Nov. 2023 The company also recently finished its annual retreat, Camp Sandbox, where filmmakers brainstorm and troubleshoot their next and current projects. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Nov. 2023 That engineering background and training from other Helping Hands volunteers has aided him in troubleshooting broken electrical devices. Lauren J. Mapp, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2023 Starting next week, computers running the latest Windows software will add a highly visible icon for people to ask Microsoft’s AI for help with tasks such as troubleshooting an audio problem on their computer or summarizing a long online article in Microsoft’s Edge web browser. Gerrit De Vynck, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 The idea, says Christensen, is to be able to troubleshoot issues that can cause big delays. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2023 To aid productions, Film AlUla has also assembled a team of experts on the ground for support and troubleshooting in all areas of production, from development to delivery. Partner Content, Variety, 1 Sep. 2023 Mercury is getting ready to station retrograde on the August 23, so your focus will soon be diverted to troubleshooting things at home. Steph Koyfman, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History


back-formation from troubleshooter

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of troubleshoot was in 1918

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“Troubleshoot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


trou·​ble·​shoot ˈtrəb-əl-ˌshüt How to pronounce troubleshoot (audio)
troubleshot -ˌshät How to pronounce troubleshoot (audio) ; troubleshooting
: to locate trouble and make repairs (as in machinery)
: to find a solution to a problem or disagreement

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