- 1[transitive, intransitive] to step heavily on somebody/something so that you crush or harm them/it with your feet trample somebody/something People were trampled underfoot in the rush for the exit. He was trampled to death by a runaway horse. trample somebody/something down The campers had trampled the corn down. trample on/over something Don't trample on the flowers!
- 2[intransitive] trample (on/over) somebody/something to ignore somebody’s feelings or rights and treat them as if they are not important The government is trampling on the views of ordinary people. She would not let him trample over her any longer. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘tread heavily’): frequentative of tramp.Extra examples I was nearly trampled to death by the crowd. Police officers had been trampling all over the ground. crops that have been trampled down by walkers’ feet
BrE BrE//ˈtræmpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtræmpl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trample
BrE BrE//ˈtræmpl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtræmpl//he / she / it tramples
BrE BrE//ˈtræmplz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtræmplz//past simple trampled
BrE BrE//ˈtræmpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtræmpld//past participle trampled
BrE BrE//ˈtræmpld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtræmpld//-ing form trampling
BrE BrE//ˈtræmplɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtræmplɪŋ//