trample

verb
tram·​ple | \ ˈtram-pəl How to pronounce trample (audio) \
trampled; trampling\ ˈtram-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce trampling (audio) \

Definition of trample

intransitive verb

1 : tramp especially : to tread heavily so as to bruise, crush, or injure
2 : to inflict injury or destruction especially contemptuously or ruthlessly usually used with on, over, or upon trampling on the rights of others

transitive verb

: to crush, injure, or destroy by or as if by treading trampled the flowers

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Other Words from trample

trample noun
trampler \ ˈtram-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce trampler (audio) \ noun

Synonyms for trample

Synonyms

champ, stamp, stomp, tramp, tromp

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Examples of trample in a Sentence

The workmen trampled on my flower bed. Her glasses were trampled underfoot by the crowd. Many people were trampled to death trying to escape the burning building. They are trampling on our rights. They are trampling our rights. Their most cherished traditions have been trampled.
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John FleenorGetty Images Hannah Brown: former beauty queen from Alabama, contestant on Colton's The Bachelor who got her heart trampled, and this year's Bachelorette. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Wins the Bachelorette and Hannah Brown's Heart? Here's Everything We Know," 8 Apr. 2019 Earl Davidson and Morgan Ekemo trampled the competition in Saturday's Bison Run Wild 5-K at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Anchorage Daily News, "After dominating a herd of 5K runners, winners get to name baby animals," 15 Apr. 2018 One woman, slowed down by her fashionable hobble skirt was unable to get out of the way in time and was tragically trampled to death. Serah-marie Mcmahon, Teen Vogue, "This New Book Is All About the Dark (And Sometimes Bloody) History of Fashion," 12 Apr. 2019 The deal ended a legal battle with skid row residents and their advocates, who argued that the law trampled on the rights of homeless people who had nowhere else to go. Shelby Grad, latimes.com, "Essential California: Is sleeping on the streets a crime?," 23 June 2018 Reality shows traffic in over-the-top drama, setting their contestants up to scheme, backstab, and trample their way to the top. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Great British Baking Show Alums Reunite for Martha Collison's Wedding," 9 Apr. 2019 The Kremlin has relied on Kadyrov, who has trampled out all dissent in that region, to keep Chechnya in check after two separatist wars there in the 1990s. Nataliya Vasilyeva, Fox News, "Chechen leader: Rights activists to be barred from visiting," 24 Aug. 2018 Paparazzi outside the Trocadero almost trampled her to get a picture. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, "How Lee Radziwill Become the Ultimate Fashion Muse," 19 Feb. 2019 Or should originalist judges actively defend individual rights against encroachment by politicians who use public power to trample them? Yuval Levin, WSJ, "‘Judicial Fortitude’ Review: Time for Congress to Do Its Job," 2 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of trample

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for trample

Middle English, frequentative of trampen to tramp

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More Definitions for trample

trample

verb

English Language Learners 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

trample

verb
tram·​ple | \ ˈtram-pəl How to pronounce trample (audio) \
trampled; trampling

Kids Definition of trample

1 : to tramp or tread heavily so as to bruise, crush, or injure something She trampled on the flowers.
2 : to crush under the feet Don't trample the flowers.
3 : to treat as if worthless or unimportant They trampled on our rights.

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