tram·​ple | \ ˈtram-pəl How to pronounce trample (audio) \
trampled; trampling\ ˈtram-​p(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce trample (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 trample (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 There are those who would eat you—birds, snakes, bigger bugs—and those who could trample you and your environment in a single sneakered step. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "Looking Up," 13 Mar. 2021 At first there would be hesitation, each waiting for another to speak, so as not to trample on the offerings. New York Times, "Freddie Gibbs was always weirder than we thought.," 11 Mar. 2021 In response largely to a non-problem, Democrats want to trample on the prerogatives of states to conduct elections, mandating their electoral priorities throughout the land. Rich Lowry, National Review, "H.R. 1 Is a Partisan Disgrace," 9 Mar. 2021 Saving the planet starts with saving the communities the fossil fuel industry tends to trample. Helen Santoro, The New Republic, "Why the Environmental Justice Movement Should Think Locally," 18 Jan. 2021 The coronavirus continues to trample across San Antonio and Bexar County at a staggering pace, with almost 3,000 new cases reported Friday. Peggy O’hare,, "San Antonio has almost 3,000 new coronavirus cases, six more deaths," 15 Jan. 2021 Other families agree and are willing to trample the legal niceties. Los Angeles Times, "Activists wield bolt cutters in a tense L.A. neighborhood as poor families seize empty homes," 23 Dec. 2020 All this shouldn’t trample the fact the Dolphins made the right organizational decision in handing Tua Tagovailoa the keys to the franchise. Dave Hyde,, "Hyde: Tua promotion was the right decision handled the wrong way | Commentary," 22 Oct. 2020 More Lawyers and advocates for immigrants, however, have said the policy will trample on the due process rights of immigrants by denying them a day in court and a meaningful opportunity to seek legal counsel. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "ICE moves to quickly deport more immigrants without court hearings," 21 Oct. 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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21 Mar 2021

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“Trample.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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