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.’
      treat with contempt, ride roughshod over, disregard, set at naught, show no consideration for, treat inconsiderately, treat disrespectfully, take for granted, encroach on, infringe, abuse, do violence to
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  • 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.