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trouble

noun  us   /ˈtrʌb·əl/

trouble noun (DIFFICULTIES)

[C/U] a problem, or difficulties: [U] Trouble began when he came to live with us. [C] She thought her troubles would be over when she got a job. [U] The patient is having trouble breathing. [C/U] Trouble can also be a characteristic that is a problem or disadvantage: [C] His trouble is that he’s too impatient. [C/U] Sometimes trouble is a problem or difficulty caused when a machine or system does not work as it should: [U] I’m having trouble with my new computer. [C/U] Trouble can be a cause of arguments or fights: [U] Our brother is the source of trouble between my sister and me.in trouble Someone who is in trouble is in a situation that is a problem or difficulty, esp. with the law: He would have been in real trouble if he had been caught.

trouble noun (INCONVENIENCE)

[U] inconvenience or effort: "I’d love some coffee, if it isn’t too much trouble." "Oh, it’s no trouble at all." The sweater is a bit large, but I’m keeping it because it’s too much trouble to return it.

trouble

verb [T]  us   /ˈtrʌb·əl/

trouble verb [T] (WORRY)

to cause someone worry or anxiety: What’s troubling you? You seem upset. It troubles me that she didn’t tell me this sooner.

trouble verb [T] (HAVE DIFFICULTIES)

to cause someone to have problems or difficulties: He has been troubled by a knee injury for most of the season.

trouble verb [T] (CAUSE INCONVENIENCE)

to cause someone a small amount of inconvenience or effort: Could I trouble you to open that window? You don’t need to trouble yourself with all the details.
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