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Meaning of "bother" in Essential English Dictionary

bother

verb   /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)
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