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

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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 bill provides a 3% pay raise for U.S. troops and guides defense policy, cementing decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, personnel policy and other military goals. Matthew Daly, Anchorage Daily News, "In a first, Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill," 1 Jan. 2021 For instance, the Trump administration’s recent effort to cut troop levels in Afghanistan in half, to roughly 2,500, by Jan. 15, has alarmed some Republicans. Andrew Duehren, WSJ, "Senate Overrides Trump’s Veto of NDAA Defense Bill," 1 Jan. 2021 The bill provides a 3% pay raise for U.S. troops and guides defense policy, cementing decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, personnel policy and other military goals. Matthew Daly, ajc, "Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill," 1 Jan. 2021 The bill provides a 3% pay raise for U.S. troops and guides defense policy, cementing decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, personnel policy and other military goals. Arkansas Online, "Congress overrides Trump veto of defense bill," 1 Jan. 2021 The measure guides Pentagon policy and cements decisions about troop levels, new weapons systems and military readiness, personnel policy and other military goals. Matthew Daly, chicagotribune.com, "House votes to override Trump’s veto of defense bill," 28 Dec. 2020 Miller said troop levels are now at about 4,000 and will reach the 2,500 target on time. Fox News, "US Joint Chiefs chairman meets with Taliban on peace talks," 18 Dec. 2020 The bill would also curb the administration’s ability to reduce troop levels in Germany, South Korea and Afghanistan without making significant justifications to Congress. Karoun Demirjian, Washington Post, "Congress votes to send defense bill to Trump with veto-proof majorities," 11 Dec. 2020 The Pentagon announced last month that the U.S. will reduce troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan by mid-January, asserting that the decision fulfills Trump's pledge to bring forces home from America's long wars. CBS News, "American B-52H bombers fly to Middle East in mission to deter Iran," 10 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ila Rallan used to have five different home assistants troop through her apartment in Mumbai every day: one cook, three cleaners and one nanny. Eric Bellman, WSJ, "Covid-19 Spurs Indians to Replace Their Household Help With Appliances," 11 Nov. 2020 For many older adults, that means a steady parade of home health aides trooping through the door, some more mindful of hygiene than others. Katie Hafner, New York Times, "How to Protect Older People From the Coronavirus," 14 Mar. 2020 Half a century later, six million visitors trooped through the Great Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations in London’s Hyde Park, browsing cotton from the South Atlantic island of St Helena, sugar from Mauritius and fossils from Alabama. Tom Rowley, 1843, "My journey to the heart of the great British expo," 6 Mar. 2020 Its 5 million annual visitors have included, for four years now, hundreds of demonstrators who have trooped through the museum on an Anti–Columbus Day Tour. Adam Hochschild, The Atlantic, "The Fight to Decolonize the Museum," 15 Dec. 2019 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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

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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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Time Traveler for troop

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The first known use of troop was in 1545

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Last Updated

15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Troop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/troop. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for troop

troop

noun
How to pronounce troop (audio)

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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