Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To beat down with the feet so as to crush, bruise, or destroy; tramp on.
  • intransitive verb To treat harshly or ruthlessly.
  • intransitive verb To tread heavily or destructively.
  • intransitive verb To inflict injury as if by treading heavily.
  • noun The action or sound of trampling.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To beat or tread down by the tramping or stamping of feet, or by frequent treading; prostrate or crush by treading under foot; tread upon or tread down, literally or figuratively.
  • To tread with repeated force and shock; stamp; hence, to tramp roughshod; tread roughly or contemptuously.
  • noun A frequent heavy or rough tread; a trampling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To tread with force and rapidity; to stamp.
  • intransitive verb To tread in contempt; -- with on or upon.
  • noun The act of treading under foot; also, the sound produced by trampling.
  • transitive verb To tread under foot; to tread down; to prostrate by treading.
  • transitive verb Fig.: To treat with contempt and insult.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To crush and destroy something by walking on it.
  • verb by extension To treat someone harshly.
  • verb intransitive To walk heavily and destructively.
  • verb by extension To cause emotional injury as if by trampling.
  • noun the sound of heavy footsteps

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb walk on and flatten
  • verb tread or stomp heavily or roughly
  • verb injure by trampling or as if by trampling
  • noun the sound of heavy treading or stomping

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English tramplen, frequentative of trampen, to tramp; see tramp.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

tramp +‎ -le (frequentative).

Examples

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  • They collect crowds to fill theatres, and there they introduce choirs of harlots and prostituted children, yea such as trample on nature herself; and they make the whole people sit on high, and so they captivate their city; so they crown these mighty kings whom they are perpetually admiring for their trophies and victories.

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  • Meadowbrook Middle School principal Cherie Washington says her team is going to "trample" Handley Middle School.

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  • CAW president Ken Lewenza said such a provision would "trample" workers 'rights.

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