bother(
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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to annoy)
a. molestar
Stop bothering your brother and do your homework.Deja de molestar a tu hermano y haz tu tarea.
b. fastidiar
You're bothering me with the same question over and over.Me estás fastidiando con la misma pregunta una y otra vez.
c. dar lata a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Your teacher told me you were bothering a little girl at school today.Tu maestra me dijo que le estabas dando lata a una niñita en la escuela hoy.
d. dar la lata a
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Hugo's trying to bother Rachel, but all he's doing is looking like a buffoon.Hugo está tratando de dar la lata a Rachel, pero lo único que logra es parecerse a un bufón.
e. darle la lata
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I can't wait for that pest to move to Chicago so he'll stop bothering me.No veo la hora de que ese fastidioso se mude a Chicago para que deje de darme la lata.
2. (to concern)
a. preocupar
Does it bother you that your ex-wife is dating your childhood best friend?¿Te preocupa que tu exesposa esté saliendo con tu mejor amigo de la niñez?
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (to trouble oneself)
a. molestarse
No, please don't bother with bringing a gift. Your presence is all that I want.No, por favor, no te molestes en traer un regalo. Tu presencia es lo único que quiero.
b. preocuparse por
She didn't bother to send a thank you note.No se preocupó por enviar una nota de agradecimiento.
c. tomarse la molestia
Don't bother with the dishes. I'll wash them.No te tomes la molestia de lavar los platos. Yo los lavaré.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (annoyance)
a. la molestia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Can I trouble you for a glass of water? - It's no bother at all.¿Puedo molestarte por un vaso de agua? - No es ninguna molestia en absoluto.
b. la lata
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
I love dogs, but it's such a bother to have to clean up after them.Me encantan los perros, pero es una lata tener que andar limpiando tras ellos.
c. los problemas
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(United Kingdom)
We ran into a bit of a bother downtown when we were caught in the rain without umbrellas.Nos vimos un poco en problemas en el centro cuando nos sorprendió la lluvia sin paraguas.
An interjection is a short utterance that expresses emotion, hesitation, or protest (e.g. Wow!).
5. (used to express frustration) (United Kingdom)
a. ¡demonios!
Bother! It's already 8 pm and I have to do my homework, feed the dog, and mow the lawn.¡Demonios! Ya son las 8 pm y tengo que hacer mi tarea, dar de comer al perro y cortar el pasto.
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bother
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (trouble)
a. la problemas mpl, dificultades
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
2. (inconvenience)
a. la molestia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
to go to the bother of doing somethingtomarse la molestia de hacer algo
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (annoy)
a. molestar
my back's still bothering metodavía me molesta la espalda
I hate to bother you but…siento tener que molestarte pero…
4. (care about)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
to be bothered about somethingestar preocupado(a) por algo
5. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I can't be botheredno tengo ganas, paso
6. (colloquial)
a.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
I'm not botheredme da igual
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
7. (care)
a. preocuparse
he didn't even bother to apologizeni siquiera se molestó en pedir disculpas
don't bother!no te molestes
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bother [ˈbɒðəʳ]
noun
1 (nuisance) molestia (f); lata (informal) (f)
what a bother! ¡qué lata! (informal); it's such a bother to clean es una lata limpiarlo (informal); es muy incómodo limpiarlo
2 (problems) problemas (m)
I found the street without any bother encontré la calle sin problemas
Save yourself a lot of bother and have it done professionally
do you have much bother with your car? ¿tienes muchos problemas con el coche?; he had a spot of bother with the police tuvo un pequeño problema con la policía
3 (trouble) molestia (f)
it isn't any bother it's no bother no es ninguna molestia
I went to the bother of finding one me tomé la molestia de buscar uno
4 (Britain) (violence)
to go out looking for bother salir a buscar camorra (informal)
There was a spot of bother after the match, but nothing that the police couldn't handle
transitive verb
1 (worry) preocupar; (annoy) molestar; fastidiar
does the noise bother you? ¿le molesta el ruido?; does it bother you if I smoke? ¿le molesta que fume?; his leg bothers him le duele la pierna; to bother o.s. about/with sth molestarse or preocuparse por algo
Don't bother yourself about the money, I'll collect it later It's quite unnecessary for you to bother yourself with complex arithmetic when you have better things to do
2 (inconvenience) molestar; (pester) dar la lata a (informal)
I don't like to bother him at this time of night I don't know why he bothers me with this kind of rubbish ...a neighbour who kept bothering her
I'm sorry to bother you perdona la molestia; don't bother me! ¡no me molestes!; ¡no fastidies!; ¡no me friegues! (informal); (LAm) please don't bother me about it now le ruego que no me moleste con eso ahora
intransitive verb
(take trouble) tomarse la molestia;to do de hacer
to bother about/with molestarse or preocuparse por; don't bother no te molestes; no te preocupes; he didn't even bother to write ni siquiera se molestó en escribir
interjection
¡porras! (informal)
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