trample

verb
tram·​ple | \ ˈtram-pəl \
trampled; trampling\ ˈtram-​p(ə-​)liŋ \

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 \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Now, with fashion deeply immersed in trampling barriers, beauty is becoming less stratified. Nick Remsen, Vogue, "Meet Dipti Sharma, the India-Born Model Making Waves," 12 Sep. 2018 Among those receiving medical treatment was a 20-year-old Canadian man with mild traumatic injuries from being trampled, the officials from the Navarra regional government said in a statement. Fox News, "One gored, 3 trampled in Spain's running of the bulls festival," 7 July 2018 The authorities said the shooting appeared to be gang-related and that 22 people were injured; 17 were shot and the others hurt by being trampled. New York Times, "Mass Shooting at New Jersey Arts Festival Leaves 22 Injured and 1 Dead," 17 June 2018 Bear lumbers through life heedless of his impact; Pinch shrinks, unable to escape the giant’s shadow, hoping only to avoid being trampled underfoot. The Economist, "The damage overbearing fathers do to sons," 22 Mar. 2018 A decade ago, when Jdimytai Damour, a Haitian immigrant worker, was fatally trampled by a mostly African-American crowd during a Walmart Black Friday sale, the press coverage took on a decidedly racial tinge. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "The classist vilification of the Black Friday shopper," 20 Nov. 2018 At least one of the two people that was trampled suffered broken bones. Christopher Harress, AL.com, "15-year-old Mobile Grand Hall shooting victim dies," 11 Apr. 2018 One of Cooper’s jobs, as a cultural-resources specialist, is to research whether a highway project might trample on old tribal burial grounds or anything else of historical value. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘It has a story to tell’: How a descendant of Napoleon’s willow tree took root on a Seattle hillside," 30 Oct. 2018 But no one wants to be seen as trampling on the democratic process. Jessie Balmert, Cincinnati.com, "Dialysis to duels: Why Ohio keeps voting on odd, complicated ballot issues," 5 July 2018

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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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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 \
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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