troop

noun
\ˈtrüp \

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

armed forces, colors, military, service

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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 Pentagon says there are about 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan. Robert Burns, Fox News, "American general says Afghan battlefield losses are rising," 4 Oct. 2018 Since the deaths of four American soldiers in Niger in October, American troops have been ordered to take fewer risks. The Economist, "Jihadists are trying to take over the Sahel," 12 July 2018 But Michael Flynn spent 33 years in the U.S. Army — and American troops never surrender. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Beautiful: This Former Criminal Just Got the Second Chance of a Lifetime," 10 July 2018 On one hand, Amer clearly relishes the opportunity to perform for American troops. Andrew Dansby, San Antonio Express-News, "Houston comedian Mo Amer has poetry in his blood, and a Netflix special coming up," 26 June 2018 The president described Conner's 28 months serving in the Army, including one particular event: In 1945, on a cold, snowy January day in Houston, France in, American troops were under attack by hundreds of German soldiers. Merdie Nzanga, USA TODAY, "President Trump honors late WWII veteran Garlin Murl Conner with Medal of Honor," 26 June 2018 Not long after rejoining his unit, the American troops found themselves under attack by a wave of nearly 600 German soldiers. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "A remarkable hero: Trump to award WWII Kentucky soldier Medal of Honor," 26 June 2018 On July 5 and 8, American troops at Springwell shelled British guns at Sandwich, just downriver from today's Ambassador Bridge, according to the City of Windsor's web page. Detroit Free Press, "Donald Trump trade war threatens strong Detroit-Windsor ties," 22 June 2018 And that admiration isn't just reserved for American troops. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "What was Donald Trump thinking when he saluted a North Korean general?," 14 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Dignitaries and members of the public trooped to a microphone to welcome the board, and to warn it of the work ahead. Philly.com, "Local control is here: New Philly school board holds first-ever meeting," 9 July 2018 The head coach and some parents trooped to the cave around 9 p.m. and saw the boys’ bicycles outside, then alerted officials. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 Their mythical enemy defeated, the warriors take their bows and troop off stage, to be replaced by a lone singer less than 3 ft. Charlie Campbell / Kunming, Time, "Finding Love in the Kingdom of the Little People," 1 June 2018 Different tasks are assigned to us, nothing at all taxing or anxiety-inducing, just a little bit of choral reading, scenic assistance and trooping about. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "SITI Company and Ann Hamilton set sail for Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'," 30 Apr. 2018 At one point, though, the students in his class on Friday morning who were at the game trooped down the first base line to greet their teacher. Shari Rudavsky, Indianapolis Star, "'I deeply care for my students': Teacher Jason Seaman speaks after Noblesville school shooting," 28 May 2018 McCain is among the most hawkish Republicans in the Senate and was an ardent supporter of the George W. Bush administration’s decision to go to war with Iraq and a later US troop surge. Tara Golshan, Vox, "John McCain’s shocking concession on the Iraq War: it was a “mistake”," 25 May 2018 It’s hard to imagine a teenage KKW and her perfectly contoured visage trooping off each day to the all-girls Catholic Marymount High School in Los Angeles with a completely bare face. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Was Once a Catholic School Student Who Couldn't Wear Makeup—Except on the Weekends," 17 May 2018 Some of the larger accounts call in orders, but not many individuals are trooping from Downtown Brooklyn for a pen or roll of Scotch tape. Joseph Berger, New York Times, "Reinvention of a Fountain Pen Purveyor," 6 Apr. 2018

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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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More Definitions for troop

troop

noun

English Language Learners Definition of troop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a group of soldiers

troops : 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 \

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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