\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble
2 : to make a mistake or false step (as in morality or accuracy)
3a : to dance, skip, or caper with light quick steps
b : to walk with light quick steps
4 : to stumble in articulation when speaking
5 : to make a journey
6a : to actuate a mechanism
b : to become operative
7a : to get high on a psychedelic drug (such as LSD) : turn on often used with out
b slang : freak sense 3b

transitive verb

1a : to cause to stumble often used with up
b : to cause to fail : obstruct often used with up
2 : to detect in a misstep, fault, or blunder also : expose usually used with up
3 : to release or operate (a mechanism) especially by releasing a catch or detent trip the fire alarm
4 : to raise (an anchor) from the bottom so as to hang free
5a : to pull (a yard) into a perpendicular position for lowering
b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering
6 archaic : to perform (a dance) lightly or nimbly
trip the light fantastic



Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

b : a single round or tour on a business errand
2a : an intense visionary experience undergone by a person who has taken a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)
b : an exciting or unusual experience the party was a trip
3 : absorption in or obsession with an interest, attitude, or state of mind a guilt trip on a nostalgia trip
4 : a faltering step caused by stumbling
5 : a stroke or catch by which a wrestler is made to lose footing
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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Examples of trip in a Sentence

Verb He deliberately tried to trip me. The dancers tripped off the stage. Noun They got back from their trip yesterday. a trip around the world He was on an acid trip. an ankle injury caused by a trip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In designing your new path, pay particular attention to including steps with a consistent height difference, so people don’t trip or stumble. Washington Post, "Drainage and tree roots wreak havoc on stone walkway," 14 Sep. 2020 Incorporating a new supplement into your routine, including those that seem totally safe and maybe even beneficial (think: calcium or iron, for example), may actually trip your digestive system into onset constipation. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "9 Safe Ways to Make Yourself Poop for Instant Relief, According to Doctors," 13 Sep. 2020 According to a Friday report in Politico, the incumbent is studying Democratic challenger Joe Biden's idiosyncrasies, hoping to trip up the former vice president and avoid any missteps from four years ago. Julia Musto, Fox News, "Trump flips script on Biden debates by hitting the books first," 4 Sep. 2020 What's more, the Trump administration's program requires the unemployed to certify that their job loss stemmed from the coronavirus — a provision that could trip up many. Star Tribune, "A new $300 federal jobless benefit? Not likely for some," 3 Sep. 2020 Just a few minutes before issuing the Stage 2 Emergency, CAISO officials tweeted that fires in areas of the state caused a generator and a solar farm to trip offline. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "California grid operator warns of rolling blackouts," 5 Sep. 2020 Rising volatility and correlation could trip markets, according to Olivier D’Assier, head of applied research for Asia-Pacific at Qontigo GmbH. Joanna Ossinger,, "Tech Selloff Seen as Removal of Froth, Not a Warning Sign," 4 Sep. 2020 Then turnovers and fouls allowed to trip that lead to nine. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Young, surprising Lynx outlast Phoenix to win third consecutive game," 21 Aug. 2020 As long as students are in virtual class, Schayot is most determined that no technology gap will trip up any of them. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Powered by online shows, a geeky director and a car battery, Berkner’s Mighty Ram Band plays on in RichardsonThis article has comments enabled.," 28 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun El Moussa found a new love in Young, a high-end real estate agent in July 2019, and proposed to her in July during a boat trip to Catalina Island in California. Georgia Slater,, "Flip or Flop Is Back! Tarek El Moussa and Christina Anstead Return for 15 New Episodes," 10 Sep. 2020 During a two-day trip to New York City in September 2018, contractors filed for almost $8,900 in reimbursements, including stays in a hotel that cost over $500 per room per night. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Democrats find taxpayers footed bill for several events to help raise profile of Trump's Medicaid chief," 10 Sep. 2020 Trump was alleged to have made the comments about the war dead as he was set to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery during a trip to France in November 2018. Lolita C. Baldor, Star Tribune, "Pentagon rescinding order to shutter Stars and Stripes paper," 10 Sep. 2020 In season 6, Kim had a meltdown after losing her $75,000 diamond earring in the Pacific Ocean during a family trip to Bora Bora. Toyin Owoseje, CNN, "Missing the Kardashians already? Here are some of the show's best moments," 9 Sep. 2020 The president never mentioned Blake by name during the trip. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Kamala Harris meets with Jacob Blake's family in Wisconsin," 8 Sep. 2020 Trump was alleged to have made the comments in November 2018, as he was set to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery during a trip to France. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking U.S. war dead," 5 Sep. 2020 The president was alleged to have made the comments as he was set to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery during a trip to France in Nov. 2018. Arkansas Online, "Trump denies calling U.S. war dead 'losers,' 'suckers'," 4 Sep. 2020 During a recruiting trip to Las Vegas that July, an Iowa State assistant encouraged Prohm to stop by a lower-tier tournament to watch Haliburton. Connor Letourneau,, "Warriors might tab once-unheralded Tyrese Haliburton with No. 2 pick," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of trip


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 3a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

History and Etymology for trip


Middle English trippen, from Anglo-French treper, triper, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English treppan to tread — more at trap

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

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26 Sep 2020

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“Trip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit your foot against something while you are walking or running so that you fall or almost fall
: to cause (someone who is walking or running) to fall or almost fall
literary : to dance or walk with light, quick steps



English Language Learners Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

: a journey to a place
: a short journey to a store, business, office, etc., for a particular purpose
informal : the experience of strange mental effects (such as seeing things that are not real) that is produced by taking a very powerful drug (such as LSD)


\ ˈtrip How to pronounce trip (audio) \
tripped; tripping

Kids Definition of trip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to catch the foot against something so as to stumble : cause to stumble
2 : to make or cause to make a mistake Their tricky questions tripped us up.
3 : to move (as in dancing) with light quick steps She tripped lightly around the room.
4 : to release (as a spring) by moving a catch



Kids Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an instance of traveling from one place to another a trip to Europe
2 : a brief errand having a certain aim or being more or less regular a trip to the dentist
3 : the action of releasing something mechanically
4 : a device for releasing something by tripping a mechanism

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