American English

Definition of trouble verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trouble
    he / she / it troubles
    past simple troubled
    -ing form troubling
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    make someone worried
  1. 1[transitive] trouble somebody to make someone worried or upset What is it that's troubling you? He was deeply troubled by the allegations.
  2. disturb
  3. 2[transitive] (often used in polite requests) to disturb someone because you want to ask them something synonym bother trouble somebody Sorry to trouble you, but could you tell me the time? trouble somebody with something I don't want to trouble the doctor with such a small problem. (formal) trouble somebody to do something Could I trouble you to open the window, please?
  4. make effort
  5. 3[intransitive] trouble to do something (formal) (usually used in negative sentences) to make an effort to do something synonym bother He rushed into the room without troubling to knock.
  6. cause pain
  7. 4[transitive] trouble somebody (of a medical problem) to cause pain My back's been troubling me again.
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