trample

verb
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 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 How to pronounce trampler (audio) \ 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

Without them, sacred wilderness zones would be trampled by crowds. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "9 Permit-Only Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List," 20 June 2019 At least one woman was trampled and taken into a courthouse before she could be removed by ambulance. Lindsey Wiebe, New York Times, "Shooting Near Toronto Raptors’ Victory Parade Leaves 4 Wounded," 17 June 2019 The presumption of innocence, a bedrock in the search for justice, was trampled upon at the expense of Mr. Smollett and notably, on the eve of a mayoral election. San Diego Union-Tribune, "What happened? A timeline of the Jussie Smollett case," 20 Feb. 2019 Many runners were trampled early on, and others were also injured as the 12 animals entered Pamplona’s bullring, but no information was available about the extent of their injuries. Fox News, "One gored, 3 trampled in Spain's running of the bulls festival," 7 July 2018 But the thrill in this bull run is not being trampled by a stampede or impaled by horns. Lorraine Ali, latimes.com, "Review: 'Brimstone & Glory' looks at a small town in Mexico where fireworks are made," 1 July 2018 Many of the victims of the fire were found piled upon each other at the animal chutes, burned, suffocated or trampled to death. Steven Goode, courant.com, "Judge delays ruling in efforts to identify unknown victims of 1944 Hartford Circus Fire," 17 June 2019 But a reminder that these animals are dangerous came just this week when an elephant trampled a security guard to death on the outskirts of the town, the same area where the lions have been seen. Fox News, "Dozens of lions free to roam free near South African town: 'You don't really go jogging or riding a bicycle here'," 14 June 2019 Community members in the Chobe Enclave, particularly farmers, speak of elephants destroying their fencing, trampling their crops and, in some cases, killing people. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "‘I hate elephants’: Behind the backlash against Botswana’s giants," 7 June 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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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 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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