Meaning of “troubled” in the English Dictionary

"troubled" in British English

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uk /ˈtrʌb.əld/ us /ˈtrʌb.əld/

troubled adjective (HAVING DIFFICULTIES)

C1 having problems or difficulties:

This troubled region has had more than its fair share of wars over the centuries.
In these troubled times, it's nice to hear some good news.

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  • Having a baby can be kill or cure for a troubled marriage.
  • My husband's always arguing with my father, and I'm the one who has to pour oil on troubled waters.
  • She was a beacon of hope in troubled times.
  • Your father was a very troubled man, but he's at rest now.
  • The new public relations manager has the difficult task of shoring up the company's troubled image.

(Definition of “troubled” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"troubled" in American English

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us /ˈtrʌb·əld/

troubled adjective (HAVING PROBLEMS)

having problems or difficulties:

Peace has finally come to this troubled region after many years.

troubled adjective (WORRIED)

worried or anxious:

The children were not troubled when the dinosaurs in the movie ate up some unlucky humans.

(Definition of “troubled” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"troubled" in Business English

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troubledadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˈtrʌbəld/ us

experiencing problems or difficulties, especially financial ones:

The company is a decent bet for your money in these troubled times.

(Definition of “troubled” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)