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English definition of “trouble”


verb [T] (WORRY)    /ˈtrʌb.l̩/
to cause someone to be worried or nervous: What's troubling you, dear? You look ever so worried.formal Many of us are deeply troubled by the chairman's decision. [+ (that)] It troubles me (that) you didn't discuss your problems with me earlier.Causing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset
(Definition of trouble verb (WORRY) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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