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bother

verb  us   /ˈbɑð·ər/

bother verb (MAKE AN EFFORT)

[I] to make an effort to do something, esp. something that is not convenient: You won’t get any credit for doing it, so why bother? Don’t bother doing the laundry. [+ to infinitive] He didn’t even bother to say goodbye.

bother verb (ANNOY)

[I/T] to annoy, worry, or cause problems for someone: [T] The heat was beginning to bother him, so he sat down. [T] Does it bother you if your children aren’t interested?

bother

noun [U]  us   /ˈbɑð·ər/

bother noun [U] (EFFORT)

a big effort: I’m not sure gardening is worth the bother.

bother noun [U] (WORRY)

something that annoys or causes problems for someone: That dog has never been a bother to anyone.
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