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Definition of bother noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] trouble or difficulty Don't go to the bother of cleaning up on my account (= don't make the effort to do it). “Thanks for your help!” “It's no bother.” Call them and save yourself the bother of going out. I don't mind looking after the children; they aren't any bother. Repairing those old shoes is more bother than it's worth.
  2. 2a bother [singular] an annoying situation, thing, or person synonym nuisance I hope I haven't been a bother.
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