Meaning of “bother” - Learner’s Dictionary

bother

verb uk us /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?
WORRY [ T ]

B2 to make someone feel worried or upset:

Living on my own doesn't bother me at all.
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.
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.
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.

(Definition of “bother verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)