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trou•ble /ˈtrʌbəl/USA pronunciation
v., -bled, -bling, n. v.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- to disturb the calm and contentment of;
distress:[~ + object]The sufferings of the poor troubled him.
- to put to inconvenience, pains, or the like: [~ + object + for + object]May I trouble you for a match?[~ + object + to + verb]May I trouble you to shut the door?
- Pathology to cause pain or discomfort to;
afflict:[~ + object]to be troubled by arthritis.
- to refuse to do something inconvenient;
to bother to do:[no object; ~ + to + verb]He didn't even trouble to read the homework.
- difficulty or annoyance:[uncountable]loves to make trouble for me.
- an unfortunate occurrence;
misfortune: [uncountable]He's in a bit of financial trouble at the moment.[countable]He's had some financial troubles lately.
- civil disorder or conflict: [uncountable]a time of trouble.[countable]during the troubles in South Africa.
- Pathology a physical disease, etc.:[uncountable]heart trouble.
- [uncountable] mental or emotional distress;worry:a life full of trouble.[plural]He's got troubles on his mind.
- effort, exertion, or inconvenience in accomplishing some deed, etc.:[countable; singular]I don't want you to go to any trouble over this.
- something objectionable about something;
fault:[countable; singular]What's the trouble with the proposal?
- a mechanical defect or breakdown: [uncountable]We had trouble with the washing machine.[countable]We've had troubles with the washing machine.
- Idiomsin trouble:
- pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).
- in danger or difficulty:He was in big trouble with the mob.
(trub′əl),USA pronunciation v., -bled, -bling, n. v.t.
- to disturb the mental calm and contentment of;
- to put to inconvenience, exertion, pains, or the like:May I trouble you to shut the door?
- Pathologyto cause bodily pain, discomfort, or disorder to;
afflict:to be troubled by arthritis.
- to annoy, vex, or bother:Don't trouble her with petty complaints now.
- to disturb, agitate, or stir up so as to make turbid, as water or wine:A heavy gale troubled the ocean waters.
- to put oneself to inconvenience, extra effort, or the like.
- to be distressed or agitated mentally;
worry:She always troubled over her son's solitariness.
- difficulty, annoyance, or harassment:It would be no trouble at all to advise you.
- unfortunate or distressing position, circumstance, or occurrence;
misfortune:Financial trouble may threaten security.
- civil disorder, disturbance, or conflict:political trouble in the new republic; labor troubles.
- Pathologya physical disorder, disease, ailment, etc.;
ill health:heart trouble; stomach trouble.
- mental or emotional disturbance or distress;
worry:Trouble and woe were her lot in life.
- an instance of this:some secret trouble weighing on his mind; a mother who shares all her children's troubles.
- effort, exertion, or pains in doing something;
inconvenience endured in accomplishing some action, deed, etc.:The results were worth the trouble it took.
- an objectionable feature;
drawback:The trouble with your proposal is that it would be too costly to implement.
- something or someone that is a cause or source of disturbance, distress, annoyance, etc.
- a personal habit or trait that is a disadvantage or a cause of mental distress:His greatest trouble is oversensitivity.
- Governmentthe Troubles:
- the violence and civil war in Ireland, 1920–22.
- the conflict between Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, beginning in 1969.
- in trouble, [Informal.]pregnant out of wedlock (used as a euphemism).
- Middle French, derivative of troubler
- Vulgar Latin *turbulare, derivative of *turbulus turbid, back formation from Latin turbulentus turbulent; (noun, nominal) Middle English
- Old French troubler
- (verb, verbal) Middle English troublen 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged concern, upset, confuse.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged pester, plague, fret, torment, hector, harass, badger.
- 12.See corresponding entry in Unabridged concern, grief, agitation, care, suffering.
- 14.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See care.
- 15.See corresponding entry in Unabridged trial, tribulation, affliction, misfortune.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mollify;
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trouble /ˈtrʌbəl/ n
- a state or condition of mental distress or anxiety
- a state or condition of disorder or unrest: industrial trouble
- a condition of disease, pain, or malfunctioning: she has liver trouble
- a cause of distress, disturbance, or pain; problem
- effort or exertion taken to do something
- liability to suffer punishment or misfortune (esp in the phrase be in trouble): he's in trouble with the police
- a personal quality that is regarded as a weakness, handicap, or cause of annoyance: his trouble is that he's too soft
- (plural)the Troubles ⇒ political violence in Ireland during the 1920s or in Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and the late 1990s
- the condition of an unmarried girl who becomes pregnant (esp in the phrase in trouble)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French troubler, from Vulgar Latin turbulāre (unattested), from Late Latin turbidāre, from turbidus confused, from turba commotionˈtroubler n
- (transitive) to cause trouble to; upset, pain, or worry
- (intransitive) usually with a negative and followed by about: to put oneself to inconvenience; be concerned: don't trouble about me
- (intr; usually with a negative) to take pains; exert oneself: please don't trouble to write everything down
- (transitive) to cause inconvenience or discomfort to: does this noise trouble you?
- (tr; usually passive) to agitate or make rough: the seas were troubled
- (transitive) Caribbean to interfere with: he wouldn't like anyone to trouble his new bicycle
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