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 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 The saga has divided Britons, torn apart the ruling Conservative Party, and prompted complaints that Johnson has trampled the conventions of the country’s unwritten constitution. Stephen Castle, BostonGlobe.com, "Johnson loses Brexit vote, as lawmakers rebel," 3 Sep. 2019 The lions and other beasts apparently wander in and out of the park thanks to elephants who have trampled down fences. 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 An attorney for Treem’s firm urged the judges to end the review, saying the investigative teams are trampling on legal principles that shield communications between lawyers and their clients. Tim Prudente, Washington Post, "DEA, IRS reviewed cache of emails amid ongoing criminal probe into Baltimore lawyers," 11 Sep. 2019 An attorney for Treem’s firm urged the judges to end the review, saying the investigative teams are trampling on legal principles that shield communications between lawyers and their clients. Tim Prudente, baltimoresun.com, "DEA, IRS reviewed cache of emails amid ongoing criminal probe into Baltimore lawyers," 10 Sep. 2019 Since elephants trampled down surrounding fences, South African officials have opted to allow wild animals including rhinos, buffalo and a pride of nearly 50 lions to roam free. Fox News, "Pittsburgh Zoo announces death of lion that suffered from 'very rare' condition," 11 July 2019 Think of a landscape that has been trampled on, that’s what women’s bodies are. National Geographic, "Could a woman walk around the world today?," 5 Apr. 2019 But areas run over by skidders or trampled by elk flourished. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Once Thought to Be Extinct, This Lucky Clover Has Recovered Enough to Come Off the Endangered List," 16 Sep. 2019 Vanquished local rulers, if lucky, might be granted a princely death, sewn into a sack and then trampled by horses. The Economist, "China is using Kublai Khan’s methods to quell protests in Hong Kong," 29 Aug. 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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of trample was in the 14th century

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trample

verb
How to pronounce trample (audio)

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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