\ ˈtrüp \

Definition of troop 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a group of soldiers

b : a cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company

c troops plural : armed forces, soldiers

2 : a collection of people or things : crew sense 2

3 : a flock of mammals or birds

4 : the basic organizational unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts under an adult leader


trooped; trooping; troops

Definition of troop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move or gather in crowds

2 : to go one's way : walk

3 : to spend time together : associate

4 : to move in large numbers

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Synonyms for troop

Synonyms: Noun

armed forces, colors, military, service

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Examples of troop in a Sentence


Where is his troop heading? a plan to withdraw troops a troop of enthusiastic children


We all trooped back inside. The kids trooped off to school.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Canada on Tuesday pledged to increase the number of its troops deployed in Eastern Europe and extend its role leading a 1,100-soldier NATO deployment in Latvia, which is part of the alliance’s efforts to curb Russian aggression in the region. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Trump Pressures NATO Allies as He Heads to Summit," 10 July 2018 In his public remarks, Trump has avoided criticizing Putin for ordering his troops into Ukraine. Simon Shuster, Time, "Trump's Envoy to Ukraine Urges U.S. Not to Forget Russia's War as Putin Summit Looms," 9 July 2018 At the time, it was seen as yet another loss for a government on the verge of downfall, its battered troops in desperate retreat across the country. Nabih Bulos,, "Rebels surrender southern Syrian enclave, handing Assad another major victory," 7 July 2018 Hundreds of activists, lawyers, protesters, religious leaders, journalists, a heavy presence of federal law enforcement officers and even National Guard troops have poured into this city and the rest of the Rio Grande Valley in recent weeks. Kevin Sullivan, star-telegram, "In this Texas border town, immigration isn’t a problem — it’s a way of life," 7 July 2018 Trump asked states to send their National Guard troops to the border to stop migrants fleeing Central America from crossing into the country. Melody Gutierrez,, "De León urges Brown to pull CA Guard from border over family separations," 19 June 2018 However, the Appeals Chamber of the ICC ruled last week that he could not be held responsible for crimes committed by his troops. Bukola Adebayo, CNN, "Congo warlord acquitted of war crimes to be released," 13 June 2018 Would a prospective free agent star want to go to a club whose big boss might be in camouflage sniping from behind bushes at his own troops? Greg Cote, miamiherald, "It was easy being a sports fan, once. Post-Kaepernick, it can demand a moral reckoning," 1 June 2018 Trump's harsh words for Merkel, whose country has hosted tens of thousands of U.S. troops that have been key to post-WWII stability in Europe for seven decades, struck at the core of the alliance. Jonathan Lemire And Jill Colvin, Houston Chronicle, "Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dignitaries and members of the public trooped to a microphone to welcome the board, and to warn it of the work ahead., "Local control is here: New Philly school board holds first-ever meeting," 9 July 2018 The head coach and some parents trooped to the cave around 9 p.m. and saw the boys’ bicycles outside, then alerted officials. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Their mythical enemy defeated, the warriors take their bows and troop off stage, to be replaced by a lone singer less than 3 ft. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018 Different tasks are assigned to us, nothing at all taxing or anxiety-inducing, just a little bit of choral reading, scenic assistance and trooping about. Charles Mcnulty,, "SITI Company and Ann Hamilton set sail for Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'," 30 Apr. 2018 At one point, though, the students in his class on Friday morning who were at the game trooped down the first base line to greet their teacher. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'I deeply care for my students': Teacher Jason Seaman speaks after Noblesville school shooting," 28 May 2018 McCain is among the most hawkish Republicans in the Senate and was an ardent supporter of the George W. Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq and a later US troop surge. Tara Golshan, Vox, "John McCain’s shocking concession on the Iraq War: it was a “mistake”," 25 May 2018 It’s hard to imagine a teenage KKW and her perfectly contoured visage trooping off each day to the all-girls Catholic Marymount High School in Los Angeles with a completely bare face. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Was Once a Catholic School Student Who Couldn't Wear Makeup—Except on the Weekends," 17 May 2018 Some of the larger accounts call in orders, but not many individuals are trooping from Downtown Brooklyn for a pen or roll of Scotch tape. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Reinvention of a Fountain Pen Purveyor," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of troop


1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for troop


Middle French trope, troupe company, herd, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English thorp, throp village — more at thorp

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rally the troops

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English Language Learners Definition of troop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of soldiers

troops : soldiers in a group

: a group of people or things



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

: to walk somewhere in a group


\ ˈtrüp \

Kids Definition of troop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a group of soldiers

2 troops plural : armed forces : military

3 : a group of beings or things Troops of fans turned out for the game.

4 : a unit of boy or girl scouts under a leader


trooped; trooping

Kids Definition of troop (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or gather in groups … the penguins trooped past him. —Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins

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