bother

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bother is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
bother

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Plain form
bother

Third-person singular
bothers

Past tense
bothered

Past participle
bothered

Present participle
bothering

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you bother to do something, you make an effort to do it.
    Don't bother with the dishes. I'll do them later.
    I didn't bother to clean up after he was finished.
    Did you bother going to the hospital to meet her?
    Sometimes wonder why I even bother.
    Nobody even bothered to ask how I was feeling.
  2. (transitive) If something bothers someone, it disturbs or worries them.
    Would it bother you if I smoked?
    My tooth has been bothering me lately.
    It bothered me that she had no answers.
    The water out here is peaceful, and there's nobody to bother you.
    Go back to sleep, Howie. I'm sorry I bothered you.

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Singular
bother

Plural
bothers

  1. (uncountable) A small trouble or problem.
    I can do it - no bother.
    It's not worth the bother. Just leave it there.
  2. (countable) A bother is somebody or something that makes trouble for you.
    I don't want to be a bother, so I'll just go out by myself.
    It's such a bother, I don't think I'll go.

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Interjection
bother

  1. You say bother when you are annoyed.
    Oh, bother! Now I'll have to make it again.

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