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verb \ˈtrip\

Simple Definition of trip

  • : to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall

  • : to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall

  • : to dance or walk with light, quick steps

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trip



  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to dance, skip, or caper with light quick stepsb :  to walk with light quick steps

  3. 2 :  to catch the foot against something so as to stumble

  4. 3 :  to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)

  5. 4 :  to stumble in articulation when speaking

  6. 5 :  to make a journey

  7. 6a :  to actuate a mechanismb :  to become operative

  8. 7a :  to get high on a psychedelic drug (as LSD) :  turn on —often used with outb slang :  freak 3b

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1a :  to cause to stumble —often used with upb :  to cause to fail :  obstruct —often used with up

  11. 2 :  to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder; also :  expose —usually used with up

  12. 3 archaic :  to perform (as a dance) lightly or nimbly

  13. 4 :  to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free

  14. 5a :  to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for loweringb :  to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering

  15. 6 :  to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent <trip the fire alarm>

trip the light fantastic

  1. :  dance

Examples of trip in a sentence

  1. He deliberately tried to trip me.

  2. The dancers tripped off the stage.

Origin and Etymology of trip

Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

First Known Use: 14th century




Simple Definition of trip

  • : a journey to a place

  • : a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose

  • : the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of trip

  1. 1 :  a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing

  2. 2a :  voyage, journeyb :  a single round or tour on a business errand

  3. 3 :  error, misstep

  4. 4 :  a quick light step

  5. 5 :  a faltering step caused by stumbling

  6. 6a :  the action of tripping mechanicallyb :  a device for tripping a mechanism (as a catch or detent)

  7. 7a :  an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (as LSD)b :  an exciting or unusual experience <the party was a trip>

  8. 8 :  absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind <a guilt trip> <on a nostalgia trip>

  9. 9 :  scene, lifestyle

Examples of trip in a sentence

  1. They got back from their trip yesterday.

  2. a trip around the world

  3. He was on an acid trip.

  4. an ankle injury caused by a trip

14th Century

First Known Use of trip

14th century

TRIP Defined for Kids



verb \ˈtrip\

Definition of trip for Students



  1. 1 :  to catch the foot against something so as to stumble :  cause to stumble

  2. 2 :  to make or cause to make a mistake <Their tricky questions tripped us up.>

  3. 3 :  to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps <She tripped lightly around the room.>

  4. 4 :  to release (as a spring) by moving a catch




Definition of trip for Students

  1. 1 :  an instance of traveling from one place to another <a trip to Europe>

  2. 2 :  a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular <a trip to the dentist>

  3. 3 :  the action of releasing something mechanically

  4. 4 :  a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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