\ 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b : to hoist (a topmast) far enough to enable the fid to be withdrawn preparatory to housing or lowering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
: dance



Definition of trip (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : voyage, journey
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
6 : error, misstep
7 : a quick light step
8a : the action of tripping mechanically
b : a device for tripping a mechanism (such as a catch or detent)

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Attempting to get away from the SUV, the victim appears to trip and is run over by the vehicle. Laura Ly, Liam Reilly And Sharif Paget, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 But that dream can make players trip over themselves rushing into an opportunity. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Extreme winter weather conditions caused many generating units - across fuel types - to trip offline and become unavailable. Elizabeth Zavala, San Antonio Express-News, 15 Feb. 2021 Hurdle joined Negotiate Anything to discuss the mindsets that trip us up and the mental shifts most fundamental to successfully navigating difficult conversations. Kwame Christian, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Dancing in the sun might sound great right now, but your responsibilities could unexpectedly appear to trip you up. Tarot Astrologers,, 14 Mar. 2022 Is this desperation something that could trip her up in the future? Linney: Hmmm. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 28 Jan. 2022 What would trip him up was a willingness to take greater and greater risks to satisfy an increasing appetite for depraved, sadistic pleasure, impulses that Mr. Berlinger sees mirrored in the evolution of 42nd Street itself. John Anderson, WSJ, 28 Dec. 2021 Don't wear clothing items that could trip you up or get yanked on in a stampede (such as a long, flowing skirt or drawstring-hooded sweatshirt). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 8 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Combine this trip with John Bryan and Clifton Gorge, and pay a visit to Yellow Springs to shop, people watch, grab coffee and dine. Andrea Reeves, The Enquirer, 16 May 2022 This unusual green trip emphasizes slow travel in a fast vehicle. Lea Lane, Forbes, 14 May 2022 Delayed two years because of the pandemic, this spring break trip was meant to be an immersion in nature away from our urban Paris home. Mary Winston Nicklin, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 Austin Controulis, handling the public relations on this trip, had to return to Cleveland. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 12 May 2022 Now, said Delgado and Hathorn, the team will wait for laboratory testing and expert examinations to see what insight can be drawn from the samples, artifacts and data produced by this trip. al, 12 May 2022 Turner is a resident of Switzerland, and her albums were required listening while on this trip. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Little did Templin know that Kerby had much bigger plans for this trip than to wager on fillies. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 8 May 2022 Dunand had been on the taxi squad for this trip through San Diego and Arizona. Bernie Wilson, ajc, 8 May 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for trip


\ 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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