- 1 [intransitive] to catch your foot on something and fall or almost fall She tripped and fell. trip over/on something Someone will trip over that cable. (figurative) I was tripping over my words in my excitement to tell them the news. trip over/up Be careful you don't trip up on the step.
- 2 [transitive] trip somebody (also trip somebody up) to catch somebody’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 Rooney was tripped and gave a penalty.
- 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[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[intransitive] (informal) to be under the influence of a drug that makes you hallucinate Word Origin Middle English: from Old French triper, from Middle Dutch trippen
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BrE BrE//trɪp//; NAmE NAmE//trɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trip
BrE BrE//trɪp//; NAmE NAmE//trɪp//he / she / it trips
BrE BrE//trɪps//; NAmE NAmE//trɪps//past simple tripped
BrE BrE//trɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//trɪpt//past participle tripped
BrE BrE//trɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//trɪpt//-ing form tripping
BrE BrE//ˈtrɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrɪpɪŋ//