[ US /ˈtɹəbəɫ/ ]
[ UK /tɹˈʌbə‍l/ ]
  1. an angry disturbance
    a spot of bother
    they had labor trouble
    he didn't want to make a fuss
  2. a source of difficulty
    what's the problem?
    one trouble after another delayed the job
  3. an effort that is inconvenient
    finished the test only with great difficulty
    I went to a lot of trouble
    he won without any trouble
    had difficulty walking
  4. a strong feeling of anxiety
    it is not work but worry that kills
    he wanted to die and end his troubles
    his worry over the prospect of being fired
  5. an event causing distress or pain
    heart trouble
    what is the trouble?
  6. an unwanted pregnancy
    he got several girls in trouble
  1. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
    Sorry to trouble you, but...
  2. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
    She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill
  3. move deeply
    This book upset me
    A troubling thought
  4. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
  5. take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
    Don't bother, please
    He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday
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How To Use trouble In A Sentence

  • A few weeks before the vote on November 7, the buzz goes, Cheney will announce his resignation, ostensibly because of signs of new trouble with his ticker.
  • “‘Now, gentlemen, standing up here before you, I feel a good deal like Pat, and maybe after I’ve spieled along for a while, I may feel so darn small that I’ll be able to crawl into a Pullman hammock with no trouble at all, at all! Chapter 14
  • She would have taken a great deal of trouble that her daughters might not be a flounce behind the fashions, and was so far-seeing in her motherly anxieties, that she junketed herself and Major Buller to many an entertainment, where they were bored for their pains, that the extensive acquaintance might ensure to the girls partners, both for balls and for life when they came to require them. Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls
  • the flight was delayed due to trouble with the airplane
  • His rapid rise through the ranks after an eye-catching performance in the April trials was a rare highlight in a troubled season.
  • The trouble is getting tense often just makes matters worse. The Sun
  • Early screenings suggested as much, or suggested trouble at least, as preview audiences found the film too dark and violent, all in all too un-Leo.
  • A troubleshooter is being appointed to make the prison service more efficient.
  • Swelling and bloating are often less troublesome if you avoid adding extra salt to food and steer clear of smoked meats and ready-cooked meals. The Sun
  • Furious staff have lashed out at company bosses for not informing workers that the plant was in trouble before it became public knowledge.
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