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Meaning of “trouble” in the English Dictionary

"trouble" in British English

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troublenoun

uk   us   /ˈtrʌb.l̩/
  • trouble noun (DIFFICULTIES)

B1 [C or U] problems or difficulties: The ​taxforms were ​complicated and I had a lot of trouble with them. Their ​problemsseem to be over for the ​moment, but there could be more trouble ahead. The trouble started/​began when my ​father came to ​live with us. [+ -ing verb] Parents often have trouble finding good ​carers for ​theirchildren. We ​startedholdingmeetings by ​phone, as ​travelling in and out of the ​citybecame too much trouble. I should get it ​finished over the ​weekend without too much trouble. You'll only be storing up trouble for the ​future if you don't go to the ​dentist now. She ​thought her troubles would be over ​once she'd got ​divorced. His ​birthday is the least of my troubles at the ​moment - I don't ​even have enough ​money to ​pay the ​rent. Most of the ​current troubles ​stem from (= are ​caused by)our new ​computersystem.B1 [U] a ​situation in which you ​experienceproblems, usually because of something you have done ​wrong or ​badly: He's never been in trouble with his ​teachers before. She'll be in big trouble if she ​scratches Sam's ​car. He got into financial trouble after his ​divorce. I ​hope you won't get into trouble because of what I said to ​yourdad. The ​camp is a ​great way of getting ​kids off the ​street and keeping them out of trouble. I ​hope I haven't landed you in trouble with ​yourboss. The ​marriage ran into trouble because of her husband's ​heavydrinking. The ​company will be in serious/​real trouble if we ​lose this ​contract. He's stayed out of trouble since he was ​released from ​jail last ​year.B2 [U] mainly UK a ​characteristic of someone or something that is ​considered a ​disadvantage or ​problem: The trouble with this ​carpet is that it gets ​dirty very ​easily. It's a ​brilliantidea. The only trouble is that we don't ​know how much it will ​cost. Ron's trouble is that he's too ​impatient.C2 [U] problems or difficulties ​caused by something ​failing to ​operate as it should: The ​planedeveloped engine trouble ​shortly after ​take-off. They have a good ​reputation for ​buildingreliable trouble-​freecars. Her knee trouble is ​expected to ​keep her out of the ​game for the ​rest of the ​season.B2 [U] problems in the ​form of ​arguments, ​fighting, or ​violence: Listen, I don't ​want any trouble in here, so ​please just ​finishyourdrink and ​leave. My ​parents said we had to ​leave at the first ​sign of trouble. My little brother's always ​trying to stir up (= ​create) trouble between me and my ​boyfriend.

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  • A woman in the ​streetsaw that he was in trouble and came to his ​aid.
  • You wouldn't ​believe the ​amount of trouble I've had with this ​car.
  • She got through her ​exams without too much trouble.
  • I was always getting in trouble for ​misbehaving at ​school.
  • The only trouble with this ​café is that the ​service is so ​slow.
  • trouble noun (INCONVENIENCE)

B2 [U] slightproblems or ​effort: I didn't ​mean to cause you any trouble. "I'd ​love some more ​coffee, if it isn't too much trouble." "Oh, it's no trouble at all." I don't ​want to put you to any trouble (= ​create any ​work for you). [+ to infinitive] If you took the trouble tolisten to what I was saying, you'd ​know what I was ​talking about. They went to a lot of trouble (= made a lot of ​effort) fortheirdinnerparty, but ​half the ​guests didn't ​bother to ​turn up. It's ​annoying, but I don't ​think I'll go to the trouble of making an ​officialcomplaint.

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troubleverb

uk   us   /ˈtrʌb.l̩/ formal
  • trouble verb (WORRY)

[T] to ​cause someone to be ​worried or ​nervous: I ​asked her what was troubling her, but she didn't ​want to ​talk. Many of us are ​deeply troubled by the chairman's ​decision. [+ (that)] It troubles me (that) you didn't ​discussyourproblems with me ​earlier.

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  • trouble verb (CAUSE EFFORT)

[T] to ​cause someone a ​smallamount of ​effort: May I trouble you for (= ​please give me) some more ​wine, ​please? [+ obj + to infinitive ] Could I trouble you toopen that ​window? I can't ​reach it. Let's not trouble ​ourselves (= make the ​effort to ​think) about the ​details at the ​moment.
(Definition of trouble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"trouble" in American English

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troublenoun

 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 ​bitlarge, but I’m ​keeping it because it’s too much trouble to ​return it.

troubleverb [T]

 us   /ˈtrʌb·əl/
  • trouble verb [T] (WORRY)

to ​cause someone ​worry or ​anxiety: What’s troubling you? You ​seemupset. 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 ​kneeinjury for most of the ​season.
  • trouble verb [T] (CAUSE INCONVENIENCE)

to ​cause someone a ​smallamount of ​inconvenience or ​effort: Could I trouble you to ​open that ​window? You don’t need to trouble yourself with all the ​details.
(Definition of trouble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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