\ 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 Local Boy and Girl Scout troops, 4-H clubs and other organizations will be set up along Main Street, offering hot chocolate and other holiday goodies., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 27 Nov. 2019 But Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador declined Trump's offer for U.S. troops, saying his country doesn't need help. Beth Warren,, "A ruthless Mexican drug lord’s empire is devastating families with its grip on small-town USA," 25 Nov. 2019 The Gilmore family in recent years has collected stuffed animals, with the help of a daycare and two Girl Scout troops, to hand out to families participating in National Adoption Day. Brieanna J. Frank, azcentral, "'It's almost like having Christmas 100 times': 145 kids adopted in Maricopa County event," 23 Nov. 2019 Batista systematically eliminated his opponents, even claiming at one point that his troops had killed Castro in an ambush. USA Today, "JFK files: CIA spy in Cuba ‘befriended’ Castro, Che; played key role amid nuclear-war fears," 21 Nov. 2019 Dozens of Chinese troops, dressed in black shorts and olive T-shirts, came out from a nearby barracks to pick up paving stones, rocks and other obstacles that had cluttered the street and prevented traffic from flowing. Ken Moritsugu And Patrick Quinn,, "Chinese troops join cleanup from protests in Hong Kong," 16 Nov. 2019 Reliance on liquid fuel endangers troops who have to transport it. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Air Force Wants To Beam Solar Power From Space Back to Earth," 4 Nov. 2019 Army troops, paramedics, and an army aviation helicopter are currently on site. Julia Hollingsworth And Adeel Raja, CNN, "46 dead after gas cylinder explosion sparks fire on Pakistan train," 31 Oct. 2019 An evening curfew went into effect, and police officers, troops, and tanks swept through the city. Andrea Miliani, Teen Vogue, "How the Protests in Chile Escalated: From Subway Fare Hike to National Revolution," 30 Oct. 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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11 Dec 2019

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“Troop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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