American English

Definition of trip verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trip
    he / she / it trips
    past simple tripped
    -ing form tripping
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  1. 1[intransitive] to catch your foot on something and fall or almost fall She tripped and fell. trip over/on something Someone will trip on that cable. (figurative) I was tripping over my words in my excitement to tell them the news. trip over/up She tripped over and skinned her knee.
  2. 2[transitive] trip somebody (also trip somebody up) to catch someone's foot and make them fall or almost fall As I passed, he stuck out a leg and tried to trip me up. The referee said Smith was tripped and gave him a free throw.
  3. 3[intransitive] + adv./prep. (literary) to walk, run, or dance with quick light steps She said goodbye and tripped off along the road. (figurative) a melody with a light tripping rhythm
  4. 4[transitive] trip something to release a switch, etc. or to operate something by doing so to trip a switch Any intruders will trip the alarm.
  5. 5[intransitive] (informal) to be under the influence of a drug that makes you hallucinate
  6. Idioms
    roll/slip/trip off the tongue
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    to be easy to say or pronounce It's not a name that exactly trips off the tongue, is it?
    a trip/walk down memory lane
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    time that you spend thinking about and remembering the past or going to a place again in order to remind yourself of past experiences Visiting my old school was a real trip down memory lane.
    Phrasal Verbstrip up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: trip