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verb [transitive] trigger pronunciation in British English /ˈtrɪɡə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletriggering
past tensetriggered
past participletriggered
present tense
I/you/we/theytrigger off
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or trigger off trigger pronunciation in British English

  1. 1
    to make something happen
    The news of his death triggered more violence.
    1. a.
      to cause someone to have a particular feeling or memory
      You find that strangely familiar smells trigger memories of childhood.
    2. b.
      to cause someone to do or say something
      trigger a response/reaction: The report has triggered a fierce response from the governor.
  2. 2
    to make a machine or piece of equipment start to work
    A sensor had triggered the security camera.


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a flower or small bunch of flowers worn on the lapel of a jacket on special occasions

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