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verb trip pronunciation in American English /trɪp/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletripping
past tensetripped
past participletripped
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    trip up

    [intransitive] to hit your foot on something and fall down

    The stairs are a little uneven, so be careful you don’t trip.

    trip on/over:

    I tripped over a rock.

    He tripped up on a cable and broke his ankle.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to make someone hit their foot on something and fall down

      She stuck out her foot and tripped him as he passed.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] literary to move with quick light steps
  3. 4



    trip out

    [intransitive] very informal to feel the effects of a powerful illegal drug

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