trouble noun Meaning in Cambridge Learner Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of "trouble" - Learner English Dictionary

See all translations

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
(Definition of trouble noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “trouble” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
social security

a system of payments made by the government to people who are ill, poor, or who have no job

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

exoskeleton noun
exoskeleton noun
July 27, 2015
a robotic device which goes around the legs and part of the body of a person who cannot walk and allows them to move independently and in an upright position The device, known as an exoskeleton, is strapped to the outside of a person’s limbs and can then be controlled by them.

Read More