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verb [transitive]     trouble pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participletroubling
past tensetroubled
past participletroubled
  1. 1
    to make someone worried

    What’s wrong? Is something troubling you?

    it troubles someone that:

    It troubles me that I haven’t heard from her recently.

  2. 2
    spoken formal to cause someone a slight problem or difficulty by asking them to do something for you

    I’m sorry you’ve been troubled – it won’t happen again.

    trouble yourself:

    “I’ll call her if you like.” “No, don’t trouble yourself.”

    1. a.
      spoken formal used for making a polite request

      I’m sorry to trouble you, but can I borrow a pen?

      trouble someone for something:

      Could I trouble you for a ride home?

      trouble someone to do something:

      Could I trouble you to pass the butter?

  3. 3
    [usually progressive] if a part of your body is troubling you, it is not working as it should and is causing you pain


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