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Meaning of “trouble” - Learner’s Dictionary

trouble

noun     /ˈtrʌbl/
PROBLEMS [C, U]
B1 problems, difficulties, or worries: [+ doing sth] We had trouble finding somewhere to park. She's been having a lot of trouble with her boss recently. I'd like to go to the party, but the trouble is my parents won't let me.InconvenienceDifficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
the trouble with sb/sth
B2 used to say what is wrong with someone or something: The trouble with a white floor is that it gets dirty so quickly. The trouble with John is that he doesn't think before he speaks.Difficult things and peoplePreventing and impeding
NOT WORKING [U]
a problem that you have with a machine or part of your body: back trouble car trouble Difficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
FIGHTING [U]
B2 a situation in which people are fighting or arguing: The trouble started after a group of drunken football fans started to throw bottles.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badlyArguments and disagreements
DIFFICULT SITUATION [U]
B2 a difficult or dangerous situation: The company was in trouble and had huge debts.Advantage and disadvantageDifficult situations and unpleasant experiencesAccidents and disasters
PUNISHMENT [U]
B1 a situation in which you have done something wrong and are likely to be punished: Her children are always in trouble. They got into trouble with the police.Punishing and punishmentsPunishing by causing painHitting and beating
EXTRA WORK [U]
B2 a situation in which you use extra time or energy to do something: [+ to do sth] He took the trouble to write to each of them personally. "Would you like to have a meal with us?" "Only if it's not too much trouble."Inconvenience
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