troubled


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trou·ble

 (trŭb′əl)
n.
1. A state of distress, affliction, difficulty, or need: tried to console them in their trouble; got in trouble with the police.
2. A distressing or difficult circumstance or situation: I've had troubles ever since I took this job.
3. A cause or source of distress, disturbance, or difficulty: The new recruits were a trouble to him.
4. Effort, especially when inconvenient or bothersome: went to a lot of trouble to find this book.
5. A condition of pain, disease, or malfunction: heart trouble; car trouble.
6.
a. Public unrest or disorder.
b. An instance of this; a disturbance.
c. Troubles Any of various conflicts or rebellions in Ireland or Northern Ireland, especially the period of social unrest in Northern Ireland beginning in 1969.
v. trou·bled, trou·bling, trou·bles
v.tr.
1. To afflict with pain or discomfort: My stomach is troubling me.
2.
a. To cause to be anxious or worried: was troubled by the decline in sales.
b. To cause to have emotional or mental problems that interfere with social functioning: a teenager who is troubled and needs help.
3. To inconvenience; bother: May I trouble you for directions?
4. To agitate; stir up: winds troubling the waters.
v.intr.
To take pains: They trouble over every detail.

[Middle English, from Old French, from troubler, to trouble, from Vulgar Latin *turbulāre, alteration (influenced by Latin turbula, small group, diminutive of turba, crowd) of Late Latin turbidāre, from Latin turbidus, confused; see turbid.]

trou′bler n.
trou′bling·ly adv.
Synonyms: trouble, ail, distress, worry
These verbs mean to cause anxious uneasiness in: His behavior troubles his parents. What problems are ailing you? The bad news distressed us. Her high fever worries the doctor.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.troubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or needtroubled - characterized by or indicative of distress or affliction or danger or need; "troubled areas"; "fell into a troubled sleep"; "a troubled expression"; "troubled teenagers"
concerned - feeling or showing worry or solicitude; "concerned parents of youthful offenders"; "was concerned about the future"; "we feel concerned about accomplishing the task at hand"; "greatly concerned not to disappoint a small child"
unquiet - characterized by unrest or disorder; "unquiet days of riots"; "following the assassination of Martin Luter King ours was an unquiet nation"; "spent an unquiet night tossing and turning"
untroubled - not beset by troubles or disturbance or distress; "seemed untroubled by doubts of any kind"; "untroubled sleep"; "a kind untroubled face"
2.troubled - characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordinationtroubled - characterized by unrest or disorder or insubordination; "effects of the struggle will be violent and disruptive"; "riotous times"; "these troubled areas"; "the tumultuous years of his administration"; "a turbulent and unruly childhood"
unquiet - characterized by unrest or disorder; "unquiet days of riots"; "following the assassination of Martin Luter King ours was an unquiet nation"; "spent an unquiet night tossing and turning"

troubled

adjective
2. difficult, unsettled, problematic, stressful, hard, dark, tough There is much we can do to help this troubled country.
Translations
غَيْر هادِئقَلِق، مُنْزَعِج
neklidnýustaraný
bekymreturolig
áhyggjufullurókyrr, óvær
kederlisıkıntılısorunluüzgün

troubled

[ˈtrʌbld] ADJ
1. (= worried) [person] → preocupado, desazonado; [mind] → preocupado, agitado; [conscience] → intranquilo; [expression, face, look] → de preocupación
he was deeply troubledestaba profundamente preocupado or desazonado
he was a lonely, troubled manera un hombre que estaba solo y sin sosiego
she fell into a troubled sleepcayó en un sueño inquieto or agitado
2. (= beset by problems) [life, marriage, relationship] → lleno de problemas, aquejado de problemas; [period of time] → turbulento; [area, country, region] → conflictivo; [company, bank, industry] → aquejado de problemas
these are troubled timesestos son tiempos difíciles
see also oil

troubled

[ˈtrʌbəld] adj
[person] → inquiet/ète
He was deeply troubled → Il était très inquiet.
[times] → mouvementé(e), troublé(e); [country] → agité(e) de troubles; [industry] → qui connaît une période de troubles; [relationship] → mouvementé(e)trouble-free [ˌtrʌbəlˈfriː] adj [period, visit] → sans problèmes, sans ennuis

troubled

adj
person, look, sleepunruhig, beunruhigt; (= grieved)bekümmert; mind, conscienceaufgewühlt; wateraufgewühlt; (= unsettled) relationship, marriagegestört; lifeschwer; times, area, country, regionunruhig; the troubled waters of industrial relationsdie gestörte Beziehung zwischen Arbeitgebern und Arbeitnehmern ? oil
(Ind, Fin) → in Schwierigkeiten pred; financially troubledin finanziellen Nöten

troubled

[ˈtrʌbld] adj (person, expression) → preoccupato/a, inquieto/a; (period) → travagliato/a; (epoch, life) → agitato/a, difficile

trouble

(ˈtrabl) noun
1. (something which causes) worry, difficulty, work, anxiety etc. He never talks about his troubles; We've had a lot of trouble with our children; I had a lot of trouble finding the book you wanted.
2. disturbances; rebellion, fighting etc. It occurred during the time of the troubles in Cyprus.
3. illness or weakness (in a particular part of the body). He has heart trouble.
verb
1. to cause worry, anger or sadness to. She was troubled by the news of her sister's illness.
2. used as part of a very polite and formal request. May I trouble you to close the window?
3. to make any effort. He didn't even trouble to tell me what had happened.
ˈtroubled adjective
(negative untroubled).
1. worried or anxious. He is obviously a troubled man.
2. disturbed and not peaceful. troubled sleep.
ˈtroublesome adjective
causing worry or difficulty. troublesome children/tasks.
ˈtroublemaker noun
a person who continually (and usually deliberately) causes worry, difficulty or disturbance to other people. Beware of her – she is a real troublemaker.

troubled

a. afligido-a, inquieto-a; preocupado-a.
References in classic literature ?
But if Tom's sleep was troubled that night he said nothing of it to his friends.
Something in Uncle Alec's face touched Rose to the heart, and when he held out his hand with that anxious troubled look in his eyes, she was moved to put up her innocent lips and seal the contract with a confiding kiss.
I was a good deal troubled, for I felt as if I didn't want to go away without having, at least, got a general idea of French conversation.
Ah, if he could but comfort her, and soothe her, and save her from this pain; if he had but some sort of strength that would enable him to rescue her poor troubled mind, as he would have rescued her body in the face of all danger!
He's a deal o' work upon him just now, Mother," said Seth, "and I think he's a bit troubled in his mind.
If it won't do any good to make the thing known," said Nancy, who thought she might now allow herself the relief of entertaining a feeling which she had tried to silence before, "I should be very thankful for father and Priscilla never to be troubled with knowing what was done in the past, more than about Dunsey: it can't be helped, their knowing that.
Hattersley laughed; Milicent was troubled to see me so disturbed.
I confess I was somewhat troubled at this change: I feared the consequences of her displeasure, and even made some efforts to recover the ground I had lost--and with better apparent success than I could have anticipated.
The course, which is titled "Regulating Troubled Corporate Debt", is for master's students and undergraduates.
The banking regulator said that creditors of troubled Chinese firms can set up debt committees to assist with debt restructuring.
The Daily News, second only to New York Times in advertisement market share in 1982, also entered the deep troubled waters.
M2 EQUITYBITES-March 17, 2015-Ministers back proosals to extend the approach of Troubled Families programme into other local services