\ 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 But the foreign troop withdrawal has led to a surge in fighting between Afghan security forces and Taliban insurgents. Reuters, CNN, "Death toll rises to 68 in Afghanistan girls' school bomb attack," 9 May 2021 Former defense minister Tamin Asey told ABC News that the Taliban have not changed, as many fear the group's violent resurgence amid troop withdrawal. Haley Yamada, ABC News, "Bomb explodes near a school in western Afghanistan," 3 May 2021 As America prepares to end its longest war after nearly 20 years, there is no guarantee that its troop withdrawal will bring to a close the far longer conflict that has ravaged Afghanistan for four decades. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "U.S. forces begin withdrawing from Afghanistan, a nation torn by war, poverty and angst," 2 May 2021 Defense officials and commanders had argued against the May 1 deadline, saying the U.S. troop withdrawal should be based on security conditions in Afghanistan, including Taliban attacks and violence. Tim Darnell, ajc, "10 years ago: Osama bin Laden killed by U.S. troops at Pakistan hideout," 1 May 2021 Khanna has worked closely with Senate Republicans, such as Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on troop withdrawal and Sens. John Cornyn of Texas and Todd Young of Indiana on tech innovation and China. Nihal Krishan, Washington Examiner, "Democrats shun Hawley Big Tech reforms that include many of their proposals," 30 Apr. 2021 Biden announced that the American troop withdrawal from Afghanistan would begin by May 1 and the redeployment would be done no later than Sept. 11. Anchorage Daily News, "Biden’s first 100 days: Where he stands on key promises," 26 Apr. 2021 Over the past year, as then-President Trump pushed for a complete troop withdrawal, defense and military officials successfully argued that any pullout should be based on security conditions on the ground., "General says Afghan withdrawal will make terror fight harder," 20 Apr. 2021 A few months into his administration, President Biden announced a full U.S. troop withdrawal by Sept. 11, the 20-year anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. WSJ, "America’s Longest War: A Visual History of 19 Years in Afghanistan," 18 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Daub spent his days trying to orchestrate how cohorts of children could troop through the building without encountering others. Sandra Upson, Wired, "Covid, Schools, and the High-Stakes Experiment No One Wanted," 18 Jan. 2021 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., "Adam Schiff, who steered clear of Harvard Law drama, now at the center of impeachment inquiry - The Boston Globe," 2 Oct. 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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15 May 2021

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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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