tram·​ple | \ ˈtram-pəl How to pronounce trample (audio) \
trampled; trampling\ ˈtram-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce trample (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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trample noun
trampler \ ˈtram-​p(ə-​)lər How to pronounce trample (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 Republicans say the bill is a power grab that would trample on local election rules. WSJ, 19 July 2021 And like Microsoft, AWS has been accused of being hypercompetitive, whether rolling out products that trample those of partners, or seeking to commercialize open-source projects built by others. Matt Day And Bloomberg, Fortune, 5 July 2021 So we are especially astonished that the President has continued to use a policy based on a lie about public health at the borders to trample the rights of asylum seekers. Michael Breen And Michele Heisler, CNN, 5 June 2021 Their goal was to humiliate, break and trample him., 4 June 2021 Many species spend large portions of their lives under and on the ground, where oblivious tourists can trample them. Ashley Stimpson, Wired, 13 May 2021 There are those who would eat you—birds, snakes, bigger bugs—and those who could trample you and your environment in a single sneakered step. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, 13 Mar. 2021 At first there would be hesitation, each waiting for another to speak, so as not to trample on the offerings. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2021 In response largely to a non-problem, Democrats want to trample on the prerogatives of states to conduct elections, mandating their electoral priorities throughout the land. Rich Lowry, National Review, 9 Mar. 2021

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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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31 Jul 2021

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“Trample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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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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