troop

noun
\ 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

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

Barring a brief visit to American troops overseas, he’s spent the week actively spinning up other baseless assertions about border security on Twitter and criticizing congressional Democrats who have refused to meet his $5-billion ask. Amanda Sakuma, Vox, "Trump threatens to shut down the border for the third time in three months," 29 Dec. 2018 Once a year in November, British citizens (the Queen included) honor fallen troops by wearing a crimson poppy. Katie Robinson, Town & Country, "What Does Britain’s Remembrance Day Poppy Symbolize?," 7 Nov. 2018 What makes things challenging is the different troop abilities. Owen Duffy, Ars Technica, "Essen 2018: The best board games from the biggest board game con," 3 Nov. 2018 There are currently 15,000 U.S. troops serving in the country. Fox News, "2 Americans wounded, top general escapes harm in deadly shooting at governor's mansion in Afghanistan," 18 Oct. 2018 The progression really was from drill grounds or ceremonial places where troops were mustered. Andrew Zaleski, Curbed, "Can Apple stores be public spaces?," 3 Oct. 2018 America and Britain train Nigerian troops and provide advice and intelligence. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Last June, there were two insider attacks — in which a soldier in an Afghan uniform turns his weapon on U.S. or other coalition troops — within a two-week period, killing three U.S. soldiers and wounding another seven. Lolita C. Baldor, chicagotribune.com, "Army ponders changes after insider attack that killed soldier in Afghanistan," 14 July 2018 As per usual in a royal welcoming ceremony, the monarch and the president were to inspect the Guard of Honor and then watch troops march past. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trumps meet Queen Elizabeth II, treated to royal pomp, pageantry and tea," 13 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. 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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The first known use of troop was in 1545

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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 \

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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