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(1)   An effort that is inconvenient
"I went to a lot of trouble"
"He won without any trouble"
"Had difficulty walking"
"Finished the test only with great difficulty"
(2)   A source of difficulty
"One trouble after another delayed the job"
"What's the problem?"
(3)   An event causing distress or pain
"What is the trouble?"
"Heart trouble"
(4)   An angry disturbance
"He didn't want to make a fuss"
"They had labor trouble"
"A spot of bother"
(5)   A strong feeling of anxiety
"His worry over the prospect of being fired"
"It is not work but worry that kills"
"He wanted to die and end his troubles"
(6)   An unwanted pregnancy
"He got several girls in trouble"


(7)   Cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed
(8)   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"
(9)   Move deeply
"This book upset me"
"A troubling thought"
(10)   Take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
"He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"
"Don't bother, please"
(11)   To cause inconvenience or discomfort to
"Sorry to trouble you, but..."


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  1. A distressful or dangerous situation.
  2. A difficulty contributing to such a situation
  3. Efforts taken.
  4. A malfunction, as in "heart trouble".
  5. A violent occurrence.

See also

  • Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take for uses and meaning of trouble collocated with these words.