Definition of trouble verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    trouble

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈtrʌbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌbl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trouble
    BrE BrE//ˈtrʌbl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌbl//
     
    he / she / it troubles
    BrE BrE//ˈtrʌblz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌblz//
     
    past simple troubled
    BrE BrE//ˈtrʌbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌbld//
     
    past participle troubled
    BrE BrE//ˈtrʌbld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌbld//
     
    -ing form troubling
    BrE BrE//ˈtrʌblɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌblɪŋ//
     
     
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    make somebody worried
  1. 1[transitive] trouble somebody to make somebody 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 somebody 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.
  8. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French truble (noun), trubler (verb), based on Latin turbidus, from turba ‘a crowd, a disturbance’.Extra examples He has been troubled with a knee injury. I hate to trouble you, but could you move your car? This latest news troubled him deeply. Could I trouble you to open the window please? I didn’t want to trouble the doctor with such a small problem. Sorry to trouble you, but could you read this document through for me? What is it that’s troubling you?Idioms
    pour oil on troubled water(s)
     
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    to try to settle a disagreement or argument
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: trouble