\ 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


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

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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 Iraq’s parliament voted Sunday to expel U.S. troops from the country, after the killing of an Iranian general put the country at the centre of an escalating conflict between its two key allies. Isabel Coles, WSJ, "Iraqi Parliament Votes in Favor of Expelling U.S. Troops," 5 Jan. 2020 He was also blamed for attacks on U.S. troops and American allies going back decades., "Mourners honor Iranian general, brace for retaliation," 4 Jan. 2020 Top Iraqi leaders earlier had wanted to accommodate the troop presence because of the persistent threat from the Islamic State and other regional security matters. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "U.S. and Iran Exchange More Threats as Democrats Question Timing of Strike," 3 Jan. 2020 Demonstrators break windows, destroy security cameras and set fires but are pushed back by U.S. troops firing tear gas. George Petras, USA Today, "7 days in Iraq: How US-Iran conflict led to general's death," 3 Jan. 2020 The invasion of Iraq in 2003 ousted Saddam, but US troops remained in the country to combat a violent insurgency., "1. Why are the United States and Iran at odds?," 2 Jan. 2020 The United States, in contrast, made out like a bandit, selling agricultural commodities, mining products and manufactured military material such as explosives, for over three years before any U.S. troops actually entered combat. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Myths of war fog its economic costs," 29 Dec. 2019 Some of the worst fighting in World War I occurred along the Western Front in Flanders, the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, where Allied troops and German forces launched deadly attacks from their respective trenches. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 23 Dec. 2019 The Nazis needed fuel for their tanks, and U.S. troops set their depots on fire before they were captured and fought back. Nick Hollkamp, The Courier-Journal, "8 things to know about The Battle of the Bulge ahead of its 75th anniversary," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Culinary pilgrims have been trooping to sleepy little towns along Maine's mid coast for several decades now, and their latest destination is Deer Isle about an hour south of Bar Harbor but with none of the tourist razzle-dazzle. Melissa Coleman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Maine's Deer Isle Is a Food-Filled Island Escape," 14 Nov. 2019 The negotiations every seven years are a ritual, the sight of leaders trooping in and out of airless rooms in Brussels as integral to the union’s ceremonial calendar as the Queen’s Speech is to Britain or the State of the Union to America. The Economist, "Neither dignified nor efficient," 24 Oct. 2019 Student protests erupted over apartheid in South Africa, the lack of diversity on the faculty, and the long line of polarizing speakers — including Jerry Falwell, Jesse Jackson, and Phyllis Schlafly — who trooped through campus., "Adam Schiff, who steered clear of Harvard Law drama, now at the center of impeachment inquiry - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 2019 The annual Trooping of the Colour, which is the queen’s birthday parade, features military units waving their flags (colours) while marching (trooping) in London. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Meghan Markle's First Major Post-Baby Outing at Trooping the Colour 2019 Looked Like a Lot of Fun," 8 June 2019 And, air tanks on their backs, red protective boots on their feet and faces masked, hazmat specialists trooped into the building. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "IRS headquarters evacuated amid possible hazardous materials situation," 6 Sep. 2019 The commissioner notes hopefully that American politicians and businessmen continue to troop through Brussels preaching co-operation. The Economist, "Why Europe should take the lead on trade," 12 Sep. 2019 Kyodo/via REUTERS Dozens of African leaders trooped into Yokohama city on Japan’s Pacific coast in late August and heard prime minister Shinzo Abe promise that Japan’s private sector will invest $20 billion over three years in Africa. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Japan has a plan to challenge China’s influence in Africa," 2 Sep. 2019 An hour after a shark warning on Newcomb Hollow—Death Beach itself—the lifeguard blows her whistle, and everyone troops back into the waves, jumping and body surfing and shrieking, at least for now with pleasure. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "The Summer of Shark Politics on Cape Cod," 22 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of troop was in 1545

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9 Jan 2020

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“Troop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of troop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of soldiers
: 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 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


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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