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trample

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verb tram·ple \ˈtram-pəl\

Simple Definition of trample

  • : to cause damage or pain by walking or stepping heavily on something or someone

  • : to treat other people's rights, wishes, or feelings as if they are worthless or not important

Full Definition of trample

tram·pledtram·pling play \-p(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  tramp; especially :  to tread heavily so as to bruise, crush, or injure

  3. 2 :  to inflict injury or destruction especially contemptuously or ruthlessly —usually used with on, over, or upon <trampling on the rights of others>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to crush, injure, or destroy by or as if by treading <trampled the flowers>

trample noun
tram·pler play \-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of trample

  1. The workmen trampled on my flower bed.

  2. Her glasses were trampled underfoot by the crowd.

  3. Many people were trampled to death trying to escape the burning building.

  4. They are trampling on our rights.

  5. They are trampling our rights.

  6. Their most cherished traditions have been trampled.



Origin of trample

Middle English, frequentative of trampen to tramp


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with trample



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