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Meaning of “bother” - Learner’s Dictionary

bother

verb     /ˈbɒðər/
ANNOY [T] A2 to annoy someone by trying to get their attention when they do not want to see you or talk to you: Don't bother your father when he's working. Sorry to bother you, but could you spare any change?Causing feelings of anger and displeasure
WORRY [T] B2 to make someone feel worried or upset: Living on my own doesn't bother me at all.Causing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset
DO [I, T] B2 to make the effort to do something: [+ doing sth] Don't bother making the bed - I'll do it later. [+ to do sth] He didn't even bother to call.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
can't be bothered informal If you can't be bothered to do something, you are too lazy or tired to do it: [+ to do sth] I can't be bothered to iron my clothes.Unwilling and reluctantReady and willingLacking interest and enthusiasmLaziness and lazy peopleAvoiding action
not bothered UK informal If you are not bothered about something, it is not important to you and does not worry you: "Do you want tea or coffee?" "Either, I'm not bothered." I'm not bothered whether I win or lose.Of little or less importance
(Definition of bother verb from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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