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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web As land is cleared for pasture, habitat loss is a major threat, and sometimes cattle will trample on nests. National Geographic, "Shoebill," 26 June 2020 Like urbanites around the world, New Yorkers barred from offices, bars, theaters, and restaurants are crowding into the city’s public spaces, often trampling social distancing rules in the process. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Pandemic Could Be an Opportunity to Remake Cities," 13 Apr. 2020 The animals, which can reach a shoulder height of 36 inches and weigh between 100 and 400 pounds, are known to cause damage to livestock and farmland while rooting and trampling for food. Fox News, "Wild 411-pound feral hog wrangled on Texas golf course, pictures show," 17 Sep. 2019 As a result, polar bears, like penguins, struggle to find food. Walruses, which give birth on sea ice edge, have been forced to crowd together ashore as ice disappears, putting calves at risk of being trampled. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Photos show how polar animals live in the coldest places on Earth," 2 May 2019 European officials have a plan to use smartphone apps to stem the Covid-19 pandemic without trampling on the bloc’s strict privacy rules: track individuals’ exposure to the virus without tracking their locations. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "EU Backs Coronavirus Contact-Tracing Apps Similar to Apple-Google Proposal," 16 Apr. 2020 After police broke up a March 18 service, which more than 300 people attended, Spell said that the state was trampling upon his First Amendment rights. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana pastor arrested for holding services in spite of lockdown order," 31 Mar. 2020 Opposition and human rights groups said hundreds possibly died during the pandemonium after being trampled, falling into an open trench or drowning in a nearby lake. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Ethiopia’s Oromos mark thanksgiving festival in Addis Ababa for the first time in 150 years," 7 Oct. 2019 The seat has gotten much hotter for Atlanta (1-3) coach Dan Quinn, particularly after being trampled 24-10 at home by the Tennessee Titans. oregonlive, "Houston Texans vs Atlanta Falcons: Live score updates, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online," 6 Oct. 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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The first known use of trample was in the 14th century

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Trample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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


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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