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

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

Each year, dozens of people are injured at the event, usually trampled by the bulls. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "Running of the bulls faces backlash from women and animal rights groups," 6 July 2018 One sought compensation for the watermelons trampled by an errant sheep. Rukmini Callimachi, New York Times, "The Case of the Purloined Poultry: How ISIS Prosecuted Petty Crime," 1 July 2018 The water beneath Portland’s southernmost bridge was now cut by rescue boats, lit by searchlights, beaten by helicopters, the river’s banks trampled by police and residents who could not or did not want to go back to sleep. Nancy Rommelmann, Good Housekeeping, "Amanda Stott-Smith Was a Loving Mother of 3. So Why Did She Try to Murder Her 2 Youngest Kids?," 29 June 2018 In the Bible, Jezebel is usually depicted as a blasphemous traitor to her kingdom, who was eventually thrown out a window, trampled by horses and eaten by dogs. Avi Selk, miamiherald, "This 3,000-year-old glass head has deepened one of Bible's most tantalizing mysteries," 10 June 2018 Because Justify trampled on the Curse of Apollo, which said no horse could win the Kentucky Derby without running as a 2-year-old, he’ll be talked about as the flag bearer for a new generation of lightly raced Triple Crown contenders. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Justify expected to continue racing after Triple Crown triumph," 10 June 2018 After Mandzukic’s strike, the Croatian players trampled photographer Yuri Cortez while celebrating. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Johnson questioned the credibility of witnesses and said the shell casings have little evidentiary value because the scene was trampled by paramedics and others who might have scattered them. Dan Hinkel, chicagotribune.com, "Trial opens in 2015 police shooting in which bat-wielding teen and bystander were killed," 18 June 2018 Thrillingly, it gets trampled—ambushed—by the riff. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "What Lives in Kanye West’s ‘Ghost Town’," 14 June 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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The first known use of trample was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for trample

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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