an assemblage of persons or things; company; band.
a great number or multitude: A whole troop of children swarmed through the museum.
Military. an armored cavalry or cavalry unit consisting of two or more platoons and a headquarters group.
troops, a body of soldiers, police, etc.: Mounted troops quelled the riot.
a single soldier, police officer, etc.: Three troops were killed today by a roadside bomb.
a unit of Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts usually having a maximum of 32 members under the guidance of an adult leader.
a herd, flock, or swarm.
Archaic. a band or troupe of actors.
verb (used without object)
to gather in a company; flock together.
to come, go, or pass in great numbers; throng.
to walk, as if in a march; go: to troop down to breakfast.
to walk, march, or pass in rank or order: The students trooped into the auditorium.
to associate or consort (usually followed by with ).
verb (used with object)
British Military. to carry (the flag or colors) in a ceremonial way before troops.
Obsolete. to assemble or form into a troop or troops.

1535–45; < French troupe, Old French trope, probably back formation from tropel herd, flock (French troupeau), equivalent to trop- (< Germanic; see thorp) + -elLatin -ellus diminutive suffix

intertroop, adjective

troop, troupe (see synonym study at the current entry).

1. body, group, crowd. See company. 2. crowd, herd, flock, swarm, throng. 8. Troop, troupe both mean a band, company, or group. Troop has various meanings as indicated in the definitions above. With the spelling troupe the word has the specialized meaning of a company of actors, singers, acrobats, or other performers. 9. collect. 10. swarm. Unabridged
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troop (truːp)
1.  a large group or assembly; flock: a troop of children
2.  a subdivision of a cavalry squadron or artillery battery of about platoon size
3.  (plural) armed forces; soldiers
4.  a large group of Scouts comprising several patrols
5.  an archaic spelling of troupe
6.  (intr) to gather, move, or march in or as if in a crowd
7.  chiefly (Brit) (tr) military to parade (the colour or flag) ceremonially: trooping the colour
8.  slang (Brit) (tr) military (formerly) to report (a serviceman) for a breach of discipline
9.  (intr) an archaic word for consort
[C16: from French troupe, from troupeau flock, of Germanic origin]

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Word Origin & History

1545, "body of soldiers," from M.Fr. troupe, from O.Fr. trope "band of people, company, troop" (13c.), probably from Frank. *throp "assembly, gathering of people" (cf. O.E. ðorp, O.N. thorp "village," see thorp). OED derives the O.Fr. word from L. troppus "flock," which
is of unknown origin but may be from the Gmc. source. The verb is attested from 1565, "to assemble;" meaning "to march" is recorded from 1592; that of "to go in great numbers, to flock" is from 1610. Trooper "soldier in the cavalry" is first attested 1640; extended to "mounted policeman" (1858, in Australian) then to "state policeman" (U.S.) by 1911.
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Example sentences
One particular troop was observed acting normally and visited again several
  years later.
The rest of the troop was scrambling around trying to get out of their way.
We know that troop surge alone cant make this war winnable.
There isn't an easy answer moving forward, but a troop withdraw and a peace
  agreement seem to be the best options.
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