Definition of trample in English:



[with object]
  • 1Tread on and crush.

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