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TROUBLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does trouble mean? 

TROUBLE (noun)
  The noun TROUBLE has 6 senses:

1. a source of difficulty
2. an angry disturbance
3. an event causing distress or pain
4. an effort that is inconvenient
5. a strong feeling of anxiety
6. an unwanted pregnancy

  Familiarity information: TROUBLE used as a noun is common.


TROUBLE (verb)
  The verb TROUBLE has 5 senses:

1. move deeply
2. to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
3. disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
4. take the trouble to do something; concern oneself
5. cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

  Familiarity information: TROUBLE used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TROUBLE (noun)


Sense 1trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A source of difficulty

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

trouble; problem

Context examples:

one trouble after another delayed the job / what's the problem?

Hypernyms ("trouble" is a kind of...):

difficulty (a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trouble"):

matter (a problem)

hydra (trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality)

growing pains (problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages))

deep water (serious trouble)

can of worms (a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity)


Sense 2trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An angry disturbance

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

hassle; bother; fuss; trouble

Context examples:

he didn't want to make a fuss / they had labor trouble / a spot of bother

Hypernyms ("trouble" is a kind of...):

disturbance; perturbation (activity that is an intrusion or interruption)


Sense 3trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An event causing distress or pain

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context examples:

what is the trouble? / heart trouble

Hypernyms ("trouble" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trouble"):

disturbance; interference; noise (electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication)

outrage; scandal (a disgraceful event)

onslaught (a sudden and severe onset of trouble)

blaze; hell (a cause of difficulty and suffering)

embarrassment (some event that causes someone to be embarrassed)

convulsion (a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval)

affliction (a cause of great suffering and distress)

bad luck; misfortune (unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event)


Sense 4trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An effort that is inconvenient

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

difficulty; trouble

Context examples:

I went to a lot of trouble / he won without any trouble / had difficulty walking / finished the test only with great difficulty

Hypernyms ("trouble" is a kind of...):

effort; elbow grease; exertion; sweat; travail (use of physical or mental energy; hard work)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "trouble"):

the devil (something difficult or awkward to do or deal with)

tsuris ((Yiddish) aggravating trouble)


Sense 5trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strong feeling of anxiety

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

worry; trouble

Context examples:

his worry over the prospect of being fired / it is not work but worry that kills / he wanted to die and end his troubles

Hypernyms ("trouble" is a kind of...):

anxiety (a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune)


Sense 6trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An unwanted pregnancy

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he got several girls in trouble

Hypernyms ("trouble" is a kind of...):

gestation; maternity; pregnancy (the state of being pregnant; the period from conception to birth when a woman carries a developing fetus in her uterus)


TROUBLE (verb)


Sense 1trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move deeply

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

trouble; disturb; upset

Context examples:

This book upset me / A troubling thought

Hypernyms (to "trouble" is one way to...):

affect; impress; move; strike (have an emotional or cognitive impact upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trouble"):

agitate; charge; charge up; commove; excite; rouse; turn on (cause to be agitated, excited, or roused)

jolt (disturb (someone's) composure)

cark; disorder; disquiet; distract; perturb; trouble; unhinge (disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed)

distress (cause mental pain to)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will trouble him


Sense 2trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

To cause inconvenience or discomfort to

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

discommode; disoblige; incommode; inconvenience; put out; trouble; bother

Context example:

Sorry to trouble you, but...

Hypernyms (to "trouble" is one way to...):

affect; bear on; bear upon; impact; touch; touch on (have an effect upon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 3trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

unhinge; perturb; disquiet; disorder; cark; distract; trouble

Context example:

She was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill

Hypernyms (to "trouble" is one way to...):

disturb; trouble; upset (move deeply)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trouble"):

vex; worry (disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The bad news will trouble him


Sense 4trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take the trouble to do something; concern oneself

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

bother; inconvenience oneself; trouble oneself; trouble

Context examples:

He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday / Don't bother, please

Hypernyms (to "trouble" is one way to...):

reach; strain; strive (to exert much effort or energy)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Sense 5trouble [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

pain; ail; afflict; trouble

Hypernyms (to "trouble" is one way to...):

hurt (give trouble or pain to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "trouble"):

break out; erupt; recrudesce (become raw or open)

disagree with (not be very easily digestible)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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