Etymology
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trample (v.)

late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp (v.) + -el (3). Transitive sense "beat down by continuously treading on" is from mid-15c. Related: Trampled; trampling. As a noun from c. 1600.

updated on March 16, 2016

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Definitions of trample from WordNet
1
trample (v.)
tread or stomp heavily or roughly;
The soldiers trampled across the fields
Synonyms: tread
trample (v.)
injure by trampling or as if by trampling;
The passerby was trampled by an elephant
trample (v.)
walk on and flatten;
trample the flowers
Synonyms: tramp down / tread down
2
trample (n.)
the sound of heavy treading or stomping;
he heard the trample of many feet
Synonyms: trampling
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