Definition of trample in English:



  • 1 Tread on and crush.

    ‘the fence had been trampled down’
    [no object] ‘her dog trampled on his tulips’
    • ‘She died from being trampled by a wagon cart livestock that was being shipped to the local butcher.’
    • ‘Also, all prisoners will be freed and summarily trampled by wild elephants.’
    • ‘A farmer's field is trampled completely by cows.’
    • ‘I was trampled in the rush, but regained my senses enough to join them.’
    • ‘People were almost trampled as the police tried to wrangle people out of the area.’
    • ‘In pastures, nests face the additional risk of being trampled by cows.’
    • ‘They dashed through the entrance, nearly trampling the stout guard in the process.’
    • ‘Last year, 14 pilgrims were trampled to death during the ritual and 35 died in a 2001 stampede.’
    • ‘People keep trampling all over you to get from one side to the other.’
    • ‘Some were trampled in the rush and others survived the stampede with deep psychic scars.’
    • ‘Conversely, the likelihood of me trampling anyone as I walk down the street is highly unlikely!’
    • ‘But this poor guy was liable to be trampled to death by human feet.’
    • ‘The department maintained that the fencing was needed to protect grass trampled by cattle once fields had been irrigated.’
    • ‘He caught me before I could hit the ground and be trampled by my horse.’
    • ‘Initially I was more scared of being trampled in a stampede than in being effected by the tear gas.’
    • ‘Crowds literally trampled to death each other as they rushed to get in front.’
    • ‘Some were injured as they fell down the staircase while others were trampled in the stampede.’
    • ‘When everyone turned and moved back into the sunlight, he was nearly trampled.’
    • ‘There have been villagers in other parts of Zambia mauled by lions, trampled underfoot by elephants and hippos.’
    • ‘The grass was trampled, torn, and red.’
    tread, tramp, stamp, walk over
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    1. 1.1[no object]Treat with contempt.
      ‘a lay statesman ought not to trample upon the opinions of his Church advisers’
      • ‘He doesn't present himself as a dictator who tramples on our liberty and demands blind obedience.’
      • ‘In the meantime, the Feds have again shown a determination to trample on civil liberties to harass nonviolent protestors.’
      • ‘A student can certainly trample on the rights of any individual as readily as an administrator can.’
      • ‘Any expression of class solidarity was trampled underfoot and the working class suppressed and disciplined.’
      • ‘How do you preserve scenic beauty without trampling on private property rights?’
      • ‘Born-and-bred residents are being trampled on by wealthy incomers who push property prices even further beyond their reach, they say.’
      • ‘Even when it tramples all over other principles that he purports to hold dear.’
      • ‘What about the trespassers who trampled on his rights with impunity?’
      • ‘‘The country's relatively loose control over these companies has enabled some greedy bosses to trample on workers' rights’, she said.’
      • ‘They had a big job to do in taking maintenance work back from numerous engineering companies, but that is no excuse for trampling over workers' employment rights.’


  • An act or the sound of trampling.

    ‘destruction's trample treads them down’
    • ‘He heard the trample of a soldier and the muffled sound of the grenade going off.’
    • ‘The warriors remained calm and relaxed, listening to the trample of the demonic horde just feet in front of them.’
    • ‘The woods began to move, too; and, with the familiar trample of horse hooves, an army clad in drab array appeared at its edge.’
    • ‘The air got clogged with sounds of movement, clatters and tramples of feet and people.’
    • ‘Her bonnet flew off and disappeared under the trample of bare feet and boots.’


Late Middle English (in the sense ‘tread heavily’): frequentative of tramp.