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

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Synonyms for troop

Synonyms: Noun

company, troupe

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The United States previously pushed back against Bahrain on human rights matters, using its influence as the island's defense guarantor, with over 7,000 U.S. troops attached to a sprawling base in Manama that hosts the Navy's 5th Fleet. Fox News, "Bahrain prosecutors charge 169 over alleged militant ring," 25 Sep. 2018 And the search had gotten a boost from the 1998 discovery of a 200-year-old paper trail linking the troop transport Lord Sandwich to its former life as HMS Endeavour. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Captain Cook’s HMS Endeavour found off the coast of Rhode Island," 24 Sep. 2018 Hamas has failed to bring large crowds to the border since more than 60 Palestinians were killed in confrontations with troops timed to coincide with the May 14 opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. David Wainer, Bloomberg.com, "Israeli Jets Strike Gaza Targets After Rockets Fired Overnight," 20 June 2018 Four Democratic governors – from Virginia, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut – have either rescinded their troop deployments or have spoken out against the National Guard's border mission in response to the policy of separating families. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Some governors pulled National Guard from the border. Not Kentucky.," 20 June 2018 About 130 Palestinians have lost their lives in clashes with Israeli troops since the weekly marches began on March 30. Hanah Salah, latimes.com, "Worshipers and protesters gather near Gaza Strip-Israel border to mark Eid al-Fitr holiday," 15 June 2018 About 20 Girl Scouts with other local troops assisted with the effort. Peggy O’hare, San Antonio Express-News, "Girl Scouts transform view in hospital’s pediatric rooms," 11 June 2018 Taliban suicide bombers and gunmen stormed a major Afghan army base Friday, killing and wounding dozens of government troops, during a pause in talks between the insurgency and American officials on a negotiated end to the 17-year war. Craig Nelson, WSJ, "Taliban Attack Afghan Army Base During Lull in Peace Talks," 1 Mar. 2019 Khan, however, warned that a withdrawal of troops without an agreement that recognizes Afghanistan’s stakeholders risks disintegrating into violence. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "Powerful political leader warns against squandering peace," 20 Feb. 2019

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. Philly.com, "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, latimes.com, "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

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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troop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of troop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of soldiers
: soldiers in a group
: a group of people or things

troop

verb

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

: to walk somewhere in a group

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 and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins

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