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TROUBLE, verb transitive trub'l. [Latin turbo; turba, a crowd, and perhaps trova, a turn. The primary sense is to turn or to stir, to whirl about, as in Latin turbo, turbinis, a whirlwind. Hence the sense of agitation, disturbance.

1. To agitate; to disturb; to put into confused motion.

God looking forth will trouble all his host.

An angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water. John 5:4.

2. To disturb; to perplex.

Never trouble yourself about those faults which age will cure.

3. To afflict; to grieve; to distress.

Those that trouble me, rejoice when I am moved. Psalms 13:4.

4. To busy; to cause to be much engaged or anxious.

Martha, thou art careful, and troubled about many things. Luke 10:41.

5. To tease; to vex; to molest.

The boy so troubles me,

'Tis past enduring.

6. To give occasion for labor to. I will not trouble you to deliver the letter. I will not trouble myself in this affair.

7. To sue for a debt. He wishes not to trouble his debtors.

TROUBLE, noun trub'l. Disturbance of mind; agitation; commotion of spirits; perplexity; a word of very extensive application.

1. Affliction; calamity.

He shall deliver thee in six troubles. Job 5:6.

Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles. Psalms 25:17.

2. Molestation; inconvenience; annoyance.

Lest the fiend some new trouble raise.

3. Uneasiness; vexation.

4. That which gives disturbance, annoyance or vexation; that which afflicts.