Definition of troop in US English:



  • 1troopsSoldiers or armed forces.

    ‘UN peacekeeping troops’
    ‘troop withdrawals’
    • ‘Actions in support of the soldier programs and support of troops deployed at home and abroad provide a great service.’
    • ‘Financial advisers and cash offices have been included in every major deployment of troops undertaken by the Army.’
    • ‘In the meantime, the gunners gave close and effective fire support to the infantry and armor troops.’
    • ‘Each was designed to hold up to five million troops, so the soldiers had room to spare.’
    • ‘Those troops - mainly soldiers - have paid the ultimate price for their country.’
    • ‘They enter combat alongside infantry troops but they do not receive the same tactical training and equipment as infantry soldiers do.’
    • ‘Without this legal reassurance, military leaders and their troops could have laid themselves open to charges of war crimes.’
    • ‘He said the troops are highly trained soldiers, skilled in basic infantry.’
    • ‘The army said troops opened fire at a gunman who approached a military position.’
    • ‘Around 200 soldiers from the 650 troops in the battalion are from Bradford.’
    • ‘As a general rule, these support troops outnumber combat soldiers by about seven to one.’
    • ‘Five flags will be issued to all enlisted soldiers, with deploying troops having priority.’
    • ‘The Armed Forces and other troops need officers with a university degree and a higher military education.’
    • ‘Relatives of the soldiers said the troops considered the mission too dangerous, in part because their vehicles were in such poor shape.’
    • ‘During wartime, the Guard can be retained at any time by presidential order to supplement regular army troops in military operations.’
    • ‘The rebels responded by opening fire at the troops, prompting the soldiers to launch an assault on the rebels.’
    • ‘I wouldn't want to see a situation where the the withdrawal of troops meant that a civil war would break out.’
    • ‘He and his family lived in a brickyard that had a field kitchen used by the troops of the 29th Infantry Division.’
    • ‘The remaining federal force of 35,000 soldiers consists of one interior ministry troops brigade, one army division and a detachment of border guards.’
    • ‘This has always been an important training issue for infantry troops.’
    soldiers, armed forces, service men, men, service women
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  • 2A group of soldiers, especially a cavalry unit commanded by a captain, or an airborne unit.

    • ‘A regimental cavalry troop has two tank platoons, two scout platoons, and a heavy mortar section.’
    • ‘From the 16th century the troop, a captain's command, was the basic subunit in the cavalry.’
    • ‘The unit conducting this mission was a standard regimental armored cavalry troop of the early 1990s era.’
    • ‘The effects on the enemy were devastating and the cavalry troop broke contact and repositioned in good order.’
    • ‘The cavalry troop headquarters would include requisite maintenance, command and control, and liaison capabilities.’
    1. 2.1 A unit of 18 to 24 Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts organized under a troop leader.
      • ‘He was a natural leader, from his years as a bomber pilot in World War II to his service as a scout master of a Boy Scout troop.’
      • ‘And then he was gone, following the Scout troop.’
      • ‘Your best choice would be a teacher, a camp counsellor, a den mother or a girl scout troop leader, for example.’
      • ‘She was a Brownie Scout troop leader of almost messianic zeal.’
      • ‘A scout troop with a proud history has been told to raise £100,000 or face extinction.’
      • ‘In 1920, at London Olympia, a Jamboree was held consisting of Scout troops from around the world.’
      • ‘The scout troop follows me, assumes this has all been planned out as a lesson by me.’
      • ‘I grew up in Michigan, trailing after my father, who organized Boy Scout troops in the northern part of the Lower Peninsula.’
      • ‘Ten years later, as Chief Scout, he oversaw the huge International Camp at Lismore, which hosted scout troops from all over the world.’
      • ‘The 1st Clifton Sea Scout troop has signed up for the 24 - Hour Famine and are collecting sponsorship this weekend.’
      • ‘Boys and girls, along with men and women from Scout troops all over the district, marched through the High Street yesterday, accompanied by three bands.’
      • ‘The scout troop will meet once a month and during school holidays.’
      • ‘Think about any successful group: a business, a family, a sports team, an academic class, a boy scout troop… whatever.’
      • ‘The carol singing was performed by members of the local troop of scouts, cubs and beavers.’
      • ‘The other troop leader and the Boy Scout died during a lightning storm.’
      • ‘Further, there were troop leaders who were of a different view.’
      • ‘Working part-time in the customer service department of a local store and establishing a new Boy Scout troop had left her too busy to exercise regularly.’
      • ‘This year, for the first time, the local Girl Scout troops will hand out a special badge for participation in Waterway Cleanup.’
      • ‘Her problem is solved when the local Boy Scout troop buys all the excess cards.’
      • ‘When I was a young Boy Scout at summer camp, my troop gathered at twilight each day to lower the colors for the night.’
      • ‘As a result the 115 members of its Beaver colony, two Cub packs and Scout troop have had to meet in community centres and halls across town.’
      • ‘I am the same person I was when I received those awards and honors, and the Scouts in the troop were indeed given a role model.’
      • ‘In fact, the main purpose of last night's meeting seemed to be about recruiting mothers to be troop leaders and forming new troops for these interested girls.’
      • ‘The Scout Troop, ie, ages 11 to 14 are still without a female leader and the troop cannot be a mixed troop without a leader.’
      • ‘Creating the solar system is an ideal project for classrooms, summer camps, scout troops or space buffs.’
      • ‘My Girl Scout troop leader once said that raising boys was easier than raising girls because you could let them run and climb trees without worrying that they'd hurt themselves.’
      • ‘Matt has been a member of the scout troop for five years.’
      • ‘I can't imagine a man leading a Girl Scout troop, but because of the shortage of volunteers, I know many women who have taken on leadership of their son's pack.’
      • ‘In its present condition the scout hut is unsuitable for scout meetings, so the group has had to hire church halls and community centres across the town in the last five months for its Beaver Colony, two cub packs and scout troop.’
      • ‘She spends about 15 hours per week juggling chocolate making with substitute teaching and leading her daughter's Girl Scout troop.’
      • ‘A local Boy Scout troop adopted the family, promising to help out around the house and raise money for Christmas presents.’
      • ‘After a long time of exploring and eavesdropping, I watch a scout troop just sitting down to a table near the entrance, holding trays and drinks.’
      • ‘I also didn't like how the Girl Scouts go about recruiting new leaders/organizing new troops.’
      • ‘A girl scout troop is, at the same time, coming home in a bus from a meeting.’
      • ‘Lewis, who was leading a boy scout troop on an outing, witnessed the shooting and immediately informed officials.’
      • ‘A troop of cub scouts could have pulled this off!’
      • ‘I was fourteen and in the scouts, camping out in a wood just outside Oxford with dozens of other scout troops from all over the country.’
      • ‘Planning a garden with a child in mind, whether the child is your own, a niece or nephew, neighbors or a scout troop, gives you the opportunity to be a child again.’
      • ‘But at the last meeting before we left for summer vacation, our troop leader passed around a sign up sheet.’
      • ‘Dennis is himself an assistant scoutmaster whose troop has vowed to defy the ban.’
  • 3A group of people or animals of a particular kind.

    ‘a troop of musicians’
    • ‘Back at camp, we found that a troop of monkeys had discovered the tomatoes - and trashed the place.’
    • ‘With an abundance of talent in the school, it was no surprise to see a troop of students providing the entertainment at the interval.’
    • ‘A troop of secret agents in identical suits, sunglasses and wigs circulated as a group throughout the evening.’
    • ‘Between September and April, a troop of highway workers are placed on 24-hour call-out to man the gritters.’
    • ‘Clad in a black hat and green gaiters, the Bishop was just another hiker with a troop of friends.’
    • ‘A troop of mothers - who were all about thirty or so - sat on nearby benches, watching the children and talking quietly among themselves.’
    • ‘I am taking a keen interest in bird watching and feeding a troop of greedy sparrows who are devouring everything I put out there.’
    • ‘Later, they will be entertained by The Chieftains and a troop of Irish dancers who will perform in a massive marquee which has been erected on the castle lawns.’
    • ‘A troop of dancers from the School of Irish Dancing will be performing for the first time.’
    • ‘I'd love to be walking around in a forest only to encounter a troop of Gummi Bears.’
    • ‘This story about a troop of baboons showed that if you remove all the aggressive, dominant males, everybody remaining has a more peaceful life. Trying to apply that to humans would be a laugh though.’
    • ‘Just as my friend and I were admiring a youth and his horse swimming in the river, a very large man with a troop of youths and a pair of young coloured horses appeared.’
    • ‘A troop of seven boars runs single-file across the hill.’
    • ‘He and a troop of almost 70 others fan out over the rugged countryside, tracking every child and adult, immunizing them and providing health education.’
    • ‘A troop of 50,000 local volunteers with scientific background will go west to help western areas move up their technical ladder.’
    • ‘Japanese macaque studies began in 1948 when scientists visiting the southern Japanese island of Koshima, encountered a troop of wild monkeys.’
    • ‘A tall, spare man with long grey hair was leading a troop of village children between the ages of three and eight, most of them barefooted, up a hill where they played and sang.’
    • ‘A troop of foul-smelling marine iguanas warm themselves in the sun in the Galapagos Islands.’
    • ‘The play is a rites of passage comedy, which follows the haywire path of a troop of disparate youngsters into the cultural mêlée of a national student drama festival.’
    • ‘More than 40 elderly residents living in sheltered accommodation schemes in Wickford benefited from a troop of volunteers who spruced up their homes.’
    group, party, band, gang, bevy, body, company, troupe, assemblage, gathering, crowd, throng, horde, pack, drove, flock, swarm, stream, multitude, host, army, cohort
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  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction (of a group of people) come or go together or in large numbers.

    ‘the girls trooped in for dinner’
    • ‘Once inside the large palace, the group trooped up the staircase to the pharaoh's throne.’
    • ‘A group of kids trooped in and stood near the door.’
    • ‘In the aftermath, fellow artists and relatives trooped in to help.’
    • ‘Lauren picked up the tray, and Marc put an arm around her, and they trooped up to the house together.’
    • ‘Sadly, the group trooped toward the other bus, muttering amongst themselves.’
    • ‘As they trooped in, the workers - each of whom knows how lucky he or she is to be alive - said that, far from being a burden, work was helping them cope.’
    • ‘Alexander opened the door and the three trooped in.’
    • ‘Soon, it was time to enter the hall and the kids, some sporting the school uniform and others, their Sunday clothes, trooped in with confidence.’
    • ‘We trooped meekly through the tastefully-decorated room crowded with happy diners, towards the fish tank at the back.’
    • ‘Yesterday morning we trooped off to the park to play cricket; me, Jake and our opposite neighbours, father and eight year old son.’
    • ‘It was in stark contrast to the Wasps who trooped off the field just thankful to have got through the season.’
    • ‘Students from different classes and schools of the city trooped in in good numbers and gave vent to their imagination and indulged in some creative pursuits.’
    • ‘Attired in their Sunday best, the little ones trooped in or rather made a dazzling entry on their mothers' arms.’
    • ‘In the aftermath the Scots trooped in one by one to tell us how much they were hurting and you felt their pain, physical and mental.’
    • ‘The three of us trooped off together to get outfitted at a mid-town haberdashery.’
    • ‘They had already lost three times to their visitors this season and they were three down as they trooped off at half time to loud booing.’
    • ‘The door was left open and a succession of men trooped in, lay down on the bed, had a sandwich, and left with a smile on their faces.’
    • ‘The group finished breakfast and then trooped off to their first class.’
    • ‘As the group was trooping together up the staircase to their rooms, Josh looked over at Katie.’
    • ‘We all laughed and agreed that Louisa definitely liked him, and with that we trooped off to the car to head for home.’
    walk, march, file, straggle
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    1. 1.1 (of a lone person) walk at a slow or steady pace.
      ‘Caroline trooped wearily home from work’
      • ‘She came trooping down the driveway wearing a simple pair of clean jeans that weren't too fancy, a light blue sweat shirt and a colored scarf underneath her black track jacket.’
      • ‘Anyway, having spent the day at home doing various little jobs and waiting for some furniture to be delivered, I duly trooped down to London late afternoon and got to The Chandos before anyone else.’
      • ‘By the time he was trooping back for the second half, news had filtered through that Middlesbrough were 2-0 up at Leicester.’
      • ‘Neighbours saw a 44 year old bloke trooping about with a guitar; police were called and now the bloke is in a local hospital under the mental health act.’
      • ‘The doorbell rang as I was trooping down the stairs and I counted the possibilities of who it could be.’
      trudge, plod, traipse, trail, drag oneself, tramp
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Mid 16th century: from French troupe, back-formation from troupeau, diminutive of medieval Latin troppus ‘flock’, probably of Germanic origin.