[tram-puh l]
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verb (used without object), tram·pled, tram·pling.
  1. to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
  2. to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over): to trample on a flower bed.
  3. to act in a harsh, domineering, or cruel manner, as if treading roughly (usually followed by on, upon, or over): to trample on another's feelings.
verb (used with object), tram·pled, tram·pling.
  1. to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
  2. to domineer harshly over; crush: to trample law and order.
  3. to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out): to trample out a fire.
  1. the act of trampling.
  2. the sound of trampling.

Origin of trample

1350–1400; Middle English tramplen to stamp (cognate with German trampeln); see tramp, -le
Related formstram·pler, nounun·tram·pled, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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verb (when intr, usually foll by on, upon, or over)
  1. to stamp or walk roughly (on)to trample the flowers
  2. to encroach (upon) so as to violate or hurtto trample on someone's feelings
  1. the action or sound of trampling
Derived Formstrampler, noun

Word Origin for trample

C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln
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Word Origin and History for trample

late 14c., "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1520s. Related: Trampled; trampling.

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