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

company, troupe

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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

That should facilitate the sharing of sensitive intelligence among the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force and enable easier communication between command centers and hard-to-reach corners of the globe where U.S. troops are deployed. Washington Post, "After Trump cites Amazon concerns, Pentagon reexamines $10 billion JEDI cloud contract process," 2 Aug. 2019 And days ago, two U.S. troops were shot and killed in Kandahar by an Afghan soldier. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "U.S. plans for withdrawal of thousands of troops from Afghanistan," 2 Aug. 2019 At a Tuesday press conference, Italian police displayed the weapon the teens allegedly used: a 7-inch Ka-Bar developed for U.S. troops during World War II. Fox News, "American teen 'distraught' over death of Italian police officer, did not know friend was armed, father says," 31 July 2019 Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke also committed to withdrawing the 14,000 U.S. troops remaining in Afghanistan if elected, in their first year and first term, respectively. Time Staff, Time, "10 Things We Learned From Night One of the Democratic Debates in Detroit," 31 July 2019 The 26 artifacts, which include statutes and thrones looted by French troops during a military raid against the once powerful West African Kingdom of Dahomey in 1892, are among some of the 5,000 artifacts requested from France by Benin. Haleluya Hadero, Quartz Africa, "Benin’s new museum for artifacts looted by France is being built using a French loan," 23 July 2019 At the time, the area was occupied by Union Army troops, which included two local black infantry regiments. The Courier-Journal, "In McConnell’s boyhood town where his family owned slaves, the reparations debate thrives," 13 July 2019 The wall, still in its earliest stage, is only about chin high, and a flock of G.D.R. troops riding in an open-air jeep is visible on the other side. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification," 12 July 2019 Perot spent much of his later years focused on making sure U.S. troops received the best medical treatment. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, "Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Her majesty, accompanied by members of the royal family, were all out in those bright dresses and uniforms for the birthday festivities on Horse Guards Parade, at which the Colour of the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards were trooped. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II, master of soft power, celebrates her 93rd birthday with a massive parade," 8 June 2019 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

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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
: 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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