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English noun: trouble

1. trouble (cognition) a source of difficulty

SamplesOne trouble after another delayed the job.
What's the problem?.


Broader (hypernym)difficulty

Narrower (hyponym)can of worms, deep water, growing pains, hydra, matter, pressure point

2. trouble (event) an angry disturbance

SamplesHe didn't want to make a fuss.
They had labor trouble.
A spot of bother.

Synonymsbother, fuss, hassle

Broader (hypernym)disturbance, perturbation

3. trouble (event) an event causing distress or pain

SamplesWhat is the trouble?.
Heart trouble.

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)affliction, bad luck, blaze, convulsion, disturbance, embarrassment, hell, interference, misfortune, noise, onslaught, outrage, scandal

4. trouble (act) an effort that is inconvenient

SamplesI went to a lot of trouble.
He won without any trouble.
Had difficulty walking.
Finished the test only with great difficulty.


Broader (hypernym)effort, elbow grease, exertion, sweat, travail

Narrower (hyponym)the devil, tsuris

5. trouble (feeling) a strong feeling of anxiety

SamplesHis worry over the prospect of being fired.
It is not work but worry that kills.
He wanted to die and end his troubles.


Broader (hypernym)anxiety

6. trouble (state) an unwanted pregnancy

SamplesHe got several girls in trouble.

Broader (hypernym)gestation, maternity, pregnancy

English verb: trouble

1. trouble (emotion) move deeply

SamplesThis book upset me.
A troubling thought.

ExamplesThe bad news will trouble him

Synonymsdisturb, upset

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect, impress, move, strike

Narrower (hyponym)agitate, cark, charge, charge up, commove, disorder, disquiet, distract, distress, excite, jolt, perturb, rouse, trouble, turn on, unhinge

2. trouble (social) to cause inconvenience or discomfort to

SamplesSorry to trouble you, but....

Synonymsbother, discommode, disoblige, incommode, inconvenience, put out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect, bear on, bear upon, impact, touch, touch on

Narrower (hyponym)distress, straiten

3. trouble (emotion) disturb in mind or make uneasy or cause to be worried or alarmed

SamplesShe was rather perturbed by the news that her father was seriously ill.

ExamplesThe bad news will trouble him

Synonymscark, disorder, disquiet, distract, perturb, unhinge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)disturb, trouble, upset

Narrower (hyponym)vex, worry

4. trouble (social) take the trouble to do something; concern oneself

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

Synonymsbother, inconvenience oneself, trouble oneself

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)reach, strain, strive

5. trouble (body) cause bodily suffering to and make sick or indisposed

Synonymsail, pain

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hurt

Narrower (hyponym)break out, erupt, recrudesce

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