\ 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 And on Christmas in 1868, President Andrew Johnson granted pardons and amnesty for troops who had fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, affecting hundreds of thousands of Southerners. Kristi Eaton, New York Times, "Nearly 500 Prisoners Freed on a Single Day," 5 Nov. 2019 The state government deployed a total of 91 soldiers, state police, National Guard troops and state investigators to the ambush site near Bavispe. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Ambush in Mexico: What we know about the deaths, the LeBaron family, the investigation and Trump," 5 Nov. 2019 Others may be victims of the war in Syria, where the withdrawal of US troops has generated chaos and further devastation. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Not a single refugee was resettled in the US last month," 3 Nov. 2019 There are several organizations that will take your (still wrapped) extra candy and sprinkle the sweets throughout care packages for US troops and veterans, from Operation Gratitude to Soldiers' Angels. Breeanna Hare, CNN, "What to do with your Halloween candy leftovers," 1 Nov. 2019 Gerry was a proud U.S Army veteran of the Korean War and while overseas he was assigned to running supply trains for the troops., "Gerald A. Goulet," 30 Oct. 2019 Iran and Russia are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad's government, with troops on the ground in Syria. Hope Yen,, "Did Trump predict 9/11? Had ‘nobody ever heard of Osama bin Laden’ before the World Trade Center? No.," 29 Oct. 2019 Iran and Russia are both key allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government, with troops on the ground in Syria. Hope Yen, Twin Cities, "A.P. fact check: Trump spins tales on bin Laden, Russia, Iraq war," 27 Oct. 2019 Governor Orval Faubus had declared a state of emergency and deployed troops to block the students’ entrance. Adam Harris, The Atlantic, "An Attempt to Resegregate Little Rock, of All Places," 22 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The pilots trooped into the executive dining room to discuss the news. Emily Ludolph, New York Times, "Ed Dwight Was Set to Be the First Black Astronaut. Here’s Why That Never Happened.," 16 July 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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13 Nov 2019

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“Troop.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 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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