trouble
I. verb (troubled; troubling) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French trubler, from Vulgar Latin *turbulare, from *turbulus agitated, alteration of Latin turbulentus — more at turbulent Date: 13th century transitive verb 1. a. to agitate mentally or spiritually ; worry, disturb b. (1) archaic mistreat, oppress (2) to produce physical disorder in ; afflict <
troubled by a cold
>
c. to put to exertion or inconvenience <
I'm sorry to trouble you
>
2. to put into confused motion <
the wind troubled the sea
>
intransitive verb 1. to become mentally agitated ; worry <
refused to trouble over trifles
>
2. to make an effort ; be at pains <
did not trouble to come
>
troubler noun II. noun Date: 13th century 1. the quality or state of being troubled especially mentally 2. public unrest or disturbance <
there's trouble brewing downtown
>
3. an instance of trouble <
used to disguise her frustrations and despair by making light of her troublesCurrent Biography
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4. a state or condition of distress, annoyance, or difficulty <
in trouble with the law
>
<
heading for trouble
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<
got into financial trouble
>
: as a. a condition of physical distress or ill health ; ailment <
back trouble
>
<
heart trouble
>
b. a condition of mechanical malfunction <
engine trouble
>
c. a condition of doing something badly or only with great difficulty <
has trouble reading
>
<
has trouble breathing
>
d. pregnancy out of wedlock <
got a girl in trouble
>
5. an effort made ; pains <
took the trouble to do it right
>
6. a. a cause of distress, annoyance, or inconvenience <
don't mean to be any trouble
>
<
what's the trouble?
>
b. a negative feature ; drawback <
the trouble with you is you're too honest
>
<
the main trouble with electronic systems is the overreliance on them — John Perham
>
c. the unhappy or sad fact <
the trouble is, I need the money
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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