Definition of trample
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
: to crush, injure, or destroy by or as if by treading trampled the flowers
tramplerplay \-p(ə-)lər\ noun
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.
Recent Examples of trample from the Web
A spokesman for University Teaching Hospital told The Associated Press that the victims died from suffocation and multiple broken bones from being trampled.
Except usually that somebody is a straight, white man from a super race trampling over the right of due process.
But Defense Distributed's lawsuit also includes the argument that the group's second amendment rights---its access to firearms---were trampled by the State Department's export control restrictions.
An up escalator malfunctioned at a crowded geek art show in Japan, leaving dozens of people sprawling and trampled in a pile.
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Origin and Etymology of trample
Middle English, frequentative of trampen to tramp
First Known Use: 14th century
TRAMPLE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of trample for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of trample for Students
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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