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Definition of "trouble" []

  • A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need: tried to console them in their trouble; got in trouble with the police. (noun)
  • A distressing or difficult circumstance or situation: I've had troubles ever since I took this job. (noun)
  • A cause or source of distress, disturbance, or difficulty: The new recruits were a trouble to him. (noun)
  • Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome: went to a lot of trouble to find this book. (noun)
  • A condition of pain, disease, or malfunction: heart trouble; car trouble. (noun)
  • A state or condition of mental distress or anxiety (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A state or condition of disorder or unrest (noun)
  • A condition of disease, pain, or malfunctioning (noun)
  • A cause of distress, disturbance, or pain; problem (noun)
  • Effort or exertion taken to do something (noun)
  • Liability to suffer punishment or misfortune (esp in the phrase be in trouble) (noun)
  • A personal quality that is regarded as a weakness, handicap, or cause of annoyance (noun)
  • Political unrest or public disturbances (noun)
  • The condition of an unmarried girl who becomes pregnant (esp in the phrase in trouble) (noun)
  • To cause trouble to; upset, pain, or worry (verb)
  • To put oneself to inconvenience; be concerned (verb)
  • To take pains; exert oneself (verb)
  • To cause inconvenience or discomfort to (verb)
  • To agitate or make rough (verb)
  • To interfere with (verb)

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Use "trouble" in a sentence
  • "Now, all that that means is this: I don't know what your trouble is, but, if money can cure it, you _haven't got any trouble_."
  • "Although living under a monarchy, he could not help sneering at the kindness of those omnipotent governments who, in their paternal desire to spare the people they govern all trouble, would like to spare them even the “trouble of thinking."
  • "Annie said she thought she would at least like to go to the seaside somewhere during the summer, but "No," Lyra said; "it would be too much trouble, and you know, Annie, I always did hate _trouble_."