Definition of trample
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
: to crush, injure, or destroy by or as if by treading trampled the flowers
tramplerplay \-p(ə-)lər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of trample from the Web
My money’s exodus was visceral, like dollar bills were trampling each other to flee my bank account.
This speech tax, by forcing Seattle property owners to support the political views of their neighbors, tramples upon this bedrock principle.
For years, Uber expanded aggressively across the globe, raising money, entering new markets (often trampling local laws and regulations), raising more money, and sabotaging its rivals.
By refusing to put his assets in a blind trust, Trump is trampling on our founding document.
Yet as Trump flounders and tramples the sensibility of world leaders, the young Trudeau has punched above Canada’s weight in exerting soft power around the globe.
Berchin's photographs from the 1920s were rifled through and dumped from storage boxes onto the floor and trampled.
Concert-goers then trampled the fence and attempted to destroy the stage, ripping off portions of it and using it in a bonfire.
During a soccer match in Sheffield in northern England, fans flooded into an already-full section of the stadium, leaving many trampled or crushed against metal fences.
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Origin and Etymology of trample
Middle English, frequentative of trampen to tramp
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
TRAMPLE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of trample for Students
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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