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Definition of trump verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    trump

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//trʌmp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌmp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they trump
    BrE BrE//trʌmp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌmp//
     
    he / she / it trumps
    BrE BrE//trʌmps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌmps//
     
    past simple trumped
    BrE BrE//trʌmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌmpt//
     
    past participle trumped
    BrE BrE//trʌmpt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//trʌmpt//
     
    -ing form trumping
    BrE BrE//ˈtrʌmpɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtrʌmpɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1trump something (with something) (in some card games) to play a trump card that beats somebody else’s card
  2. 2trump something/somebody to beat something that somebody says or does by saying or doing something even better They were trumped by another firm that made a lower bid.
  3. Word Origin early 16th cent.: alteration of triumph, once used in card games in the same sense. Phrasal Verbstrump somethingup
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