troop

noun
\ ˈtrüp How to pronounce troop (audio) \

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

troop

verb
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

Synonyms for troop

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of troop in a Sentence

Noun Where is his troop heading? a plan to withdraw troops a troop of enthusiastic children Verb We all trooped back inside. The kids trooped off to school.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Commercial images have played a big role in the war in Ukraine, as commercial satellites have captured troop movements, destruction, even plumes of smoke that disclose the locations of missile attacks — all in high-definition. Christian Davenport, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 The police also caught an infiltrator whose tracking of Ukrainian troop movements led to a Russian attempt to strike a military convoy. Scott Peterson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2022 American intelligence has given secret information to Ukraine in a wide range of areas, from Russian troop movements to targeting data, officials said. New York Times, 4 May 2022 Some satellites can see through clouds and track Russian troop movements at night, industry officials said. Robert Wall, WSJ, 1 May 2022 Satellites, in particular, connect so much of the modern world while helping militaries coordinate troop movements and pinpoint missile strikes. Noah Biermanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2022 Here in Bucha and other suburbs, though, is evidence of how the world, in its collective outrage fueled by Twitter videos of killings and satellite photographs of troop movements, appears powerless to stop atrocity. Patrick J. Mcdonnell, Anchorage Daily News, 6 Apr. 2022 Maxar does not show U.S. troop movements to the public but often releases images of U.S. adversaries like China and Iran. Jordan G. Teicher, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2022 Biden's aides echoed his sentiment, saying that while there were signs of troop movements, a new strategy did not appear afoot. Kevin Liptak, CNN, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At the annual parade in central London on June 2, the 1st battalion of the Irish Guards will troop their color. PEOPLE.com, 17 May 2022 Echoing that idea, New York City Mayor Eric Adams recently alluded to the end of the customary work week where employees dutifully troop into the office every day. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 23 Mar. 2022 Kicking out hundreds, possibly thousands, of service members because of their beliefs is not only devastating to troop morale, but also harms our national security interests. Jack Durschlag, Fox News, 16 Feb. 2022 The supply of houses for sale has been limited, partly because many Americans are reluctant to put their properties on the market and allow would-be buyers to troop through their homes. Paul Wiseman, Star Tribune, 27 July 2021 Even as demand rose during the pandemic, fewer Americans were willing to sell their properties, perhaps reluctant to have waves of potential buyers troop through their homes. CBS News, 29 June 2021 Even as demand rose during the pandemic, fewer Americans were willing to sell their properties, perhaps reluctant to have waves of potential buyers troop through their homes. Time, 29 June 2021 Even as demand rose during the pandemic, fewer Americans were willing to sell their properties, perhaps reluctant to have waves of potential buyers troop through their homes. BostonGlobe.com, 29 June 2021 Daub spent his days trying to orchestrate how cohorts of children could troop through the building without encountering others. Sandra Upson, Wired, 18 Jan. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of troop

Noun

1545, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1565, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for troop

Noun

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

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Last Updated

27 May 2022

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“Troop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troop. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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troop

noun
\ ˈtrüp How to pronounce troop (audio) \

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

troop

verb
trooped; trooping

Kids Definition of troop (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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