- 1[intransitive, transitive] stampede (something) (of large animals or people) to run in a stampede; to make animals do this a herd of stampeding elephants A huge bunch of kids came stampeding down the corridor. The cattle started to stampede, as if they could sense the danger.
- 2[transitive, usually passive] stampede somebody (into something/into doing something) to make somebody rush into doing something without giving them time to think about it I refuse to be stampeded into making any hasty decisions. Word Origin early 19th cent.: Mexican Spanish use of Spanish estampida
BrE BrE//stæmˈpiːd//; NAmE NAmE//stæmˈpiːd//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they stampede
BrE BrE//stæmˈpiːd//; NAmE NAmE//stæmˈpiːd//he / she / it stampedes
BrE BrE//stæmˈpiːdz//; NAmE NAmE//stæmˈpiːdz//past simple stampeded
BrE BrE//stæmˈpiːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//stæmˈpiːdɪd//past participle stampeded
BrE BrE//stæmˈpiːdɪd//; NAmE NAmE//stæmˈpiːdɪd//-ing form stampeding
BrE BrE//stæmˈpiːdɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//stæmˈpiːdɪŋ//