trample

play
verb tram·ple \ˈtram-pəl\

Definition of trample

trampled

;

trampling

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

trampler

play \-p(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of trample in a Sentence

  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.

Recent Examples of trample from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trample'. Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of trample

Middle English, frequentative of trampen to tramp


TRAMPLE Defined for English Language Learners

trample

play
verb

Definition of trample for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

trample

play
verb tram·ple \ˈtram-pəl\

Definition of trample for Students

trampled

;

trampling

  1. 1 :  to tramp or tread heavily so as to bruise, crush, or injure something She trampled on the flowers.

  2. 2 :  to crush under the feet Don't trample the flowers.

  3. 3 :  to treat as if worthless or unimportant They trampled on our rights.



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up trample? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

clear to the understanding

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!