1. To put into confused motion; to disturb; to agitate. An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water. (john v. 4) God looking forth will trouble all his host. (milton)
2. To disturb; to perplex; to afflict; to distress; to grieve; to fret; to annoy; to vex. Now is my soul troubled. (john xii. 27) Take the boy to you; he so troubles me ‘T is past enduring. (Shak) Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure. (locke)
3. To give occasion for labour to; used in polite phraseology; as, I will not trouble you to deliver the letter.
1. The state of being troubled; disturbance; agitation; uneasiness; vexation; calamity. Lest the fiend . . . Some new trouble raise. (milton) Foul whisperings are abroad; unnatural deeds Do breed unnatural troubles. (Shak)
2. That which gives disturbance, annoyance, or vexation; that which afflicts.
3. (Science: chemical) A fault or interruption in a stratum. To get into trouble, to get into difficulty or danger. To take the trouble, to be at the pains; to exert one’s self; to give one’s self inconvenience. She never took the trouble to close them. (bryant)
Synonym: To disturb, perplex, afflict, distress, grieve, harass, annoy, tease, vex, molest, affliction, disturbance, perplexity, annoyance, molestation, vexation, inconvenience, calamity, misfortune, adversity, embarrassment, anxiety, sorrow, misery.
Origin: F. Troubler, OF. Trobler, trubler, tourbler,fr. (assumed) LL. Turbulare, L. Turbare to disorderly group, a little crowd; both from turba a disorder, tumult, crowd; akin to Gr, and perhaps to E. Thorp; cf. Skr. Tvar, tur,o hasten. Cf. Tur