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American English: /ˈtrəb(ə)l/
British English: /ˈtrʌb(ə)l/

Translation of trouble in Spanish:


  • 1 uncountable and countable 1.1
    (problems, difficulties) problemas (masculine plural)
    family/financial trouble
    problemas familiares/económicos
    she's having man trouble
    tiene penas de amores
    your troubles are over
    se te acabaron los problemas
    that's the least of my troubles
    eso es lo de menos
    the government is heading for big trouble
    el gobierno se está metiendo en una buena [colloquial]
    here comes trouble!
    ¡estamos arreglados or (Spain also) aviados! ¡mira quién viene! [colloquial]
    this could mean trouble
    puede que esto traiga cola
    talking to her like that is just asking for trouble
    hablarle así es buscarse problemas
    hablarle así es tener ganas de meterse en líos [colloquial]
    the company's in terrible trouble
    la empresa está pasando unas dificultades tremendas
    if you're ever in trouble …
    si alguna vez estás en apuros …
    to get into trouble
    (into difficulties) meterse en problemas or en líos
    (to become pregnant) [euphemistic]
    quedar embarazada
    quedarse embarazada (Spain)
    to get somebody into trouble
    meter a alguien en problemas or líos
    to get a girl into trouble [euphemistic]
    dejar embarazada a una chica
    dejar a una chica con encargo (Latin America) [colloquial] [euphemistic]
    to get somebody out of trouble
    sacar a alguien de apuros or aprietos
    to cause or give somebody trouble
    causarle problemas a alguien
    darle dolores de cabeza a alguien
    to have trouble with somebody/something
    tener problemas con alguien/algo
    to have trouble -inghe has trouble walking
    le cuesta caminar
    I had trouble putting it together
    me costó armarlo
    we had no trouble finding it
    lo encontramos sin problemas
    to keep or stay out of trouble
    no meterse en problemas or líos
    to make trouble for oneself
    crearse problemas
    we'd reached Munich when we ran into trouble
    habíamos llegado a Munich cuando empezaron los problemas
    what's the trouble?
    ¿qué pasa?
    the trouble is …
    lo que pasa es que …
    el problema es que …
    the trouble with him is he never stops talking
    su problema es que no para de hablar
    that's the trouble
    ese es el problema
    eso es lo que pasa
    Example sentences
    • Others face pressures which can affect their commitment to college, such as financial difficulties, housing problems, or troubles at home.
    • So, travelers from both sides suffer lots of troubles and inconveniences, such as difficulties in booking seats and paying overly expensive rates.
    • The troubles and tribulations of parents to equip their wards for their examination and mushroom growth of coaching centres do not augur well for students, parents or society.
    Example sentences
    • I knew, that in our society, I would be labelled a "bad girl" who got herself into trouble.
    • Families went to great lengths to avoid neighbors and friends finding out their daughter had ‘got herself into trouble’.
    • Oh dear, she's gone the next step and got herself into trouble.
    1.2 (illness) stomach/heart trouble
    problemas (masculine plural) estomacales or de estómago/cardíacos or de corazón
    trastornos (masculine plural) estomacales or de estómago/cardíacos or de corazón
    my liver is giving me trouble
    ando fastidiado del hígado
    what seems to be the trouble?
    ¿qué síntomas tiene?
  • 2 uncountable (effort) I thanked her for her trouble
    le di las gracias por la molestia
    nothing is too much trouble for him
    es de lo más servicial
    para él nada es mucha molestia
    don't let me put you to any trouble
    no quiero ocasionarle ninguna molestia
    it's not worth the trouble
    no vale or no merece la pena
    thanks very much — it's no trouble!
    muchas gracias — ¡no hay de qué!
    if you're sure it's no trouble
    si no es molestia
    you shouldn't have gone to the trouble of doing it
    no deberías haberte molestado en hacerlo
    don't go to any trouble
    no te compliques demasiado
    she didn't even take the trouble to read it
    ni siquiera se molestó en leerlo
    ni siquiera se tomó el trabajo de leerlo
    to take trouble over something
    esmerarse or poner cuidado en algo
    Example sentences
    • Carson had gone to a lot of trouble to make sure that things would be near perfect.
    • Their most recent research found people felt recycling was inconvenient and too much trouble.
    • I refused to put him to any trouble on my account.
  • 3 uncountable (strife, unrest) (often plural) there was trouble in town last night
    hubo disturbios en la ciudad anoche
    industrial/racial troubles
    conflictos (masculine plural) laborales/raciales
    the troubles in Northern Ireland
    los disturbios de Irlanda del Norte
    to cause trouble
    causar problemas
    armar líos [colloquial]
    to look for trouble
    buscar camorra
    Example sentences
    • The smoking ban has caused little trouble in our local public houses.
    • Among the highlights were crowd trouble, arrests and the inevitable tabloid furore that accompanies such incidents.
    • Offenders could face fines of up to £500 and Rochdale council can ban alcohol in public places where trouble is rife.

transitive verb

  • 1 (worry) what's troubling you?
    ¿qué te pasa?
    ¿qué es lo que te preocupa?
    she was troubled by the thought that …
    la inquietaba or le preocupaba pensar que …
    don't let it trouble you
    Example sentences
    • He went to trial a broken man, depressed and troubled by acute anxieties.
    • Denial is a powerful emotional defence against acknowledging painful, distressing or troubling knowledge.
    • Others have come home deeply distressed and troubled by what they witnessed.
  • 2 (bother) don't trouble yourself
    no se moleste
    I'm sorry to trouble you
    perdone or disculpe la molestia
    may I trouble you for a light?
    ¿sería tan amable de darme fuego?
    to trouble to + infinitive
    molestarse en + infinitive
    tomarse el trabajo de + infinitive
    you'd know if you'd troubled to find out
    lo sabrías si te hubieras molestado en averiguarlo
    Example sentences
    • I am accustomed to facing a wall of silence from academics I challenge, thus my surprise that you have troubled to answer.
    • Alison rolled her eyes, not bothering to trouble with an answer the second time.
    • In this case, where Chomsky makes an extreme assertion without troubling to give a source at all, it requires examining a large amount of material to come to a conclusion.
  • 3 (cause discomfort) my back is troubling me
    tengo problemas de espalda
    he's troubled by migraines
    sufre de jaquecas
    padece jaquecas [formal]
    Example sentences
    • Randy was troubled by back pain at times.
    • The pain was troubling him towards the latter stages but with a week to recover to the next game, he has the time to mend properly.
    • He looked paler and sweatier than usual, and one leg seemed to trouble him a bit.

intransitive verb

  • molestarse
    please don't trouble!
    ¡no te molestes, por favor!
    to trouble about somebody/something
    preocuparse por alguien/algo
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