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 upontrampling 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

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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 In dissent, Judge Barbara Lynn said the California law didn't trample on anyone's core Second Amendment freedoms. NBC News, "Federal court rules against California's ban on high-capacity magazines," 14 Aug. 2020 No spectators means no foot traffic to trample the rough over four days. Doug Ferguson, Star Tribune, "Harding Park a public course with a history of elite winners," 5 Aug. 2020 As land is cleared for pasture, habitat loss is a major threat, and sometimes cattle will trample on nests. National Geographic, "Shoebill," 26 June 2020 Like urbanites around the world, New Yorkers barred from offices, bars, theaters, and restaurants are crowding into the city’s public spaces, often trampling social distancing rules in the process. Alex Davies, Wired, "The Pandemic Could Be an Opportunity to Remake Cities," 13 Apr. 2020 The animals, which can reach a shoulder height of 36 inches and weigh between 100 and 400 pounds, are known to cause damage to livestock and farmland while rooting and trampling for food. Fox News, "Wild 411-pound feral hog wrangled on Texas golf course, pictures show," 17 Sep. 2019 As a result, polar bears, like penguins, struggle to find food. Walruses, which give birth on sea ice edge, have been forced to crowd together ashore as ice disappears, putting calves at risk of being trampled. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Photos show how polar animals live in the coldest places on Earth," 2 May 2019 European officials have a plan to use smartphone apps to stem the Covid-19 pandemic without trampling on the bloc’s strict privacy rules: track individuals’ exposure to the virus without tracking their locations. Sam Schechner, WSJ, "EU Backs Coronavirus Contact-Tracing Apps Similar to Apple-Google Proposal," 16 Apr. 2020 After police broke up a March 18 service, which more than 300 people attended, Spell said that the state was trampling upon his First Amendment rights. Nicholas Rowan, Washington Examiner, "Louisiana pastor arrested for holding services in spite of lockdown order," 31 Mar. 2020

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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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23 Aug 2020

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“Trample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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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