Meaning of "bother" in Essential English Dictionary


verb uk /ˈbɒðər/

A2 to annoy someone by talking to them when they are busy:

Don’t bother your father when he’s working.

to worry or upset someone:

I’m used to living by myself – it doesn’t bother me.

to make the effort to do something:

He didn’t even bother to call.
can’t be bothered informal

If you can’t be bothered to do something, you are too lazy or tired to do it:

I can’t be bothered to iron my clothes.

(Definition of “bother verb” from the Cambridge Essential Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)