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English definition of “bother”

bother

verb [T] (WORRY)    /ˈbɒð.ər/ US  /ˈbɑː.ðɚ/
B2 to make someone feel worried or upset: Does it bother you that he's out so much of the time? Living on my own has never bothered me. I don't care if he doesn't come - it doesn't bother me. [+ that] It bothers me that he doesn't seem to notice.Making people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of bother verb (WORRY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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