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Noun bother has 2 senses
  1. fuss, trouble, bother, hassle - an angry disturbance; "he didn't want to make a fuss"; "they had labor trouble"; "a spot of bother"
    --1 is a kind of perturbation, disturbance
    Derived form: verb bother3
  2. annoyance, bother, botheration, pain, infliction, pain in the neck, pain in the ass - something or someone that causes trouble; a source of unhappiness; "washing dishes was a nuisance before we got a dish washer"; "a bit of a bother"; "he's not a friend, he's an infliction"
    --2 is a kind of negative stimulus
    --2 has particulars: nuisance; irritant, thorn; plague
    Derived form: verb bother2
Verb bother has 6 senses
  1. trouble oneself, trouble, bother, inconvenience oneself - take the trouble to do something; concern oneself; "He did not trouble to call his mother on her birthday"; "Don't bother, please"
    --1 is one way to strive, reach, strain
    Sample sentences:
    Something ----s
    Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE
  2. annoy, rag, get to, bother, get at, irritate, rile, nark, nettle, gravel, vex, chafe, devil - cause annoyance in; disturb, especially by minor irritations; "Mosquitoes buzzing in my ear really bothers me"; "It irritates me that she never closes the door after she leaves"
    --2 is one way to displease
    Derived forms: noun botheration1, noun botheration2, noun bother2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  3. trouble, put out, inconvenience, disoblige, discommode, incommode, bother - to cause inconvenience or discomfort to; "Sorry to trouble you, but..."
    --3 is one way to affect, impact, bear upon, bear on, touch on, touch
    Derived forms: noun botheration1, noun botheration2, noun bother1
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s somebody
    Something ----s somebody
  4. bother - intrude or enter uninvited; "Don't bother the professor while she is grading term papers"
    --4 is one way to
    intrude, irrupt
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s somebody
  5. bother - make nervous or agitated; "The mere thought of her bothered him and made his heart beat faster"
    --5 is one way to
    agitate, rouse, turn on, charge, commove, excite, charge up
    Derived forms: noun botheration1, noun botheration2
    Sample sentences:
    The bad news will bother him
    The performance is likely to bother Sue
  6. bother - make confused or perplexed or puzzled
    --6 is one way to
    confuse, flurry, disconcert, put off
    Sample sentence:
    The bad news will bother him
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