Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb British English pronunciation: trip /trɪp/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participletripping
past tensetripped
past participletripped
  1. 1



    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. 3
    [transitive] to make a switch go on or off, especially by accident

    When the switch is tripped, the alarm goes off.

  3. 4



    trip out

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


phrasal verbs

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog