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


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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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,, "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 Those trampled included McDougal; Clinton; Julie Hiatt Steele; Vince Foster’s grieving widow, Lisa; and the Fosters’ children. Sean Wilentz, The New York Review of Books, "Holding Starr Accountable," 18 Apr. 2019 For 2019, the Mustang GT again makes hay, trampling into the spot vacated by the Camaro, whose transcendent chassis failed to prop up its awful outward visibility, practicality, and looks in the face of withering 10Best competition. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 It was made even more pointed by the deaths of the woman who saved her from being trampled and her young daughter. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Signs Arya Stark Is Going to Kill Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones," 13 May 2019 At least one person was even trampled to death by an elephant. Jason Lemon, ajc, "What is selfitis? 5 things to know about the obsessive selfie disorder," 21 June 2018 John FleenorGetty Images Hannah Brown: former beauty queen from Alabama, contestant on Colton's The Bachelor who got her heart trampled, and this year's Bachelorette. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Wins the Bachelorette and Hannah Brown's Heart? Here's Everything We Know," 8 Apr. 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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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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