trouble

Trouble is anything that causes difficulty, worry, and inconvenience, or that prevents you from doing something. If you have trouble getting along with a classmate, it is hard to be friendly with him or her.

Whether you have trouble finding your shoes, you're in trouble with your teacher, or you go to a lot of trouble buying the kind of tea your sister likes, you face an annoying — and possibly distressing — difficulty. When you use trouble as a verb, it tells who or what is making life hard for you, like a headache that troubles you or childhood memories of encounters with scary clowns that probably trouble you even more deeply.

Primary Meanings of trouble

1.
nv
a source of difficulty
to cause inconvenience or discomfort to
2.
nv
a strong feeling of anxiety
disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
3.
n
an unwanted pregnancy
Full Definitions of trouble
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n a source of difficulty

“one trouble after another delayed the job”
Synonyms:
problem
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pressure point
where problems or difficulties are likely to occur
can of worms
a source of unpredictable trouble and complexity
deep water
serious trouble
growing pains
problems that arise in enlarging an enterprise (especially in the early stages)
hydra
trouble that cannot be overcome by a single effort because of its many aspects or its persistent and pervasive quality
matter
a problem
Type of:
difficulty
a factor causing trouble in achieving a positive result or tending to produce a negative result

n an event causing distress or pain

“what is the trouble?”
“heart trouble
Examples:
Teapot Dome scandal
a government scandal involving a former United States Navy oil reserve in Wyoming that was secretly leased to a private oil company in 1921; became symbolic of the scandals of the Harding administration
Watergate scandal
a political scandal involving abuse of power and bribery and obstruction of justice; led to the resignation of Richard Nixon in 1974
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bad luck, misfortune
unnecessary and unforeseen trouble resulting from an unfortunate event
affliction
a cause of great suffering and distress
convulsion
a physical disturbance such as an earthquake or upheaval
embarrassment
some event that causes someone to be embarrassed
blaze, hell
a cause of difficulty and suffering
onslaught
a sudden and severe onset of trouble
outrage, scandal
a disgraceful event
disturbance, interference, noise
electrical or acoustic activity that can disturb communication
clutter
unwanted echoes that interfere with the observation of signals on a radar screen
pity, shame
an unfortunate development
calvary, martyrdom
any experience that causes intense suffering
skeleton, skeleton in the closet, skeleton in the cupboard
a scandal that is kept secret
misadventure, mischance, mishap
an instance of misfortune
calamity, cataclysm, catastrophe, disaster, tragedy
an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
adversity
a stroke of ill fortune; a calamitous event
hardship
something that causes or entails suffering
knock
a bad experience
trial, tribulation, visitation
an annoying or frustrating or catastrophic event
curse, torment
a severe affliction
background, background signal
extraneous signals that can be confused with the phenomenon to be observed or measured
XT, crosstalk
the presence of an unwanted signal via an accidental coupling
fadeout
a gradual temporary loss of a transmitted signal due to electrical disturbances
jitter
small rapid variations in a waveform resulting from fluctuations in the voltage supply or mechanical vibrations or other sources
atmospheric static, atmospherics, static
a crackling or hissing noise caused by electrical interference
white noise
a noise produced by a stimulus containing all of the audible frequencies of vibration
attack
a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition
bane, curse, nemesis, scourge
something causing misery or death
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n an angry disturbance

“they had labor trouble
Synonyms:
bother, fuss, hassle
Type of:
disturbance, perturbation
activity that is a malfunction, intrusion, or interruption

n an effort that is inconvenient

“I went to a lot of trouble
“he won without any trouble
Synonyms:
difficulty
Types:
the devil
something difficult or awkward to do or deal with
tsuris
(Yiddish) aggravating trouble
Type of:
effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail
use of physical or mental energy; hard work

v to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

“Sorry to trouble you, but...”
Synonyms:
bother, discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out
Types:
distress, straiten
bring into difficulties or distress, especially financial hardship
Type of:
affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on
have an effect upon

v take the trouble to do something; concern oneself

“He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday”
Synonyms:
bother, inconvenience oneself, trouble oneself
Type of:
reach, strain, strive
to exert much effort or energy

v cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Synonyms:
ail, pain
Types:
break out, erupt, recrudesce
become raw or open
Type of:
hurt
give trouble or pain to
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n a strong feeling of anxiety

“he wanted to die and end his troubles
Synonyms:
worry
Type of:
anxiety
a vague unpleasant emotion that is experienced in anticipation of some (usually ill-defined) misfortune

v disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

Synonyms:
cark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, unhinge
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vex, worry
disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
misgive
suggest fear or doubt
eat, eat on
worry or cause anxiety in a persistent way
nag
worry persistently
Type of:
disturb, upset
move deeply

v move deeply

“A troubling thought”
Synonyms:
disturb, upset
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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, unhinge
disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed
distress
cause mental pain to
hype up, psych up
get excited or stimulated
vex, worry
disturb the peace of mind of; afflict with mental agitation or distress
bother
make nervous or agitated
besiege
cause to feel distressed or worried
pother
make upset or troubled
electrify
excite suddenly and intensely
Type of:
affect, impress, move, strike
have an emotional or cognitive impact upon
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n an unwanted pregnancy

“he got several girls in trouble
Type 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

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