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English definition of “bother”

bother

verb (MAKE AN EFFORT)    /ˈbɒð.ər/ US  /ˈbɑː.ðɚ/
B2 [I or T] to make the effort to do something: [+ to infinitive] He hasn't even bothered to write. You could have phoned us but you just didn't bother. [+ -ing verb] Don't bother making the bed - I'll do it later. [+ -ing verb or + to infinitive] You'd have found it if you'd bothered looking/to look. You won't get any credit for doing it, so why bother?Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy can't be bothered B2 UK informal If you can't be bothered doing/to do something, you are too lazy or tired to do it: I can't be bothered to iron my clothes. Most evenings I can't be bothered cooking.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasm
(Definition of bother verb (MAKE AN EFFORT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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