verb (used without object), trampled, trampling.
to tread or step heavily and noisily; stamp.
to tread heavily, roughly, or crushingly (usually followed by on, upon, or over ): to trample on a flower bed.
to act in a harsh, domineering, or cruel manner, as if treading roughly (usually followed by on, upon, or over ): to trample on another's feelings.
verb (used with object), trampled, trampling.
to tread heavily, roughly, or carelessly on or over; tread underfoot.
to domineer harshly over; crush: to trample law and order.
to put out or extinguish by trampling (usually followed by out ): to trample out a fire.
the act of trampling.
the sound of trampling.

1350–1400; Middle English tramplen to stamp (cognate with German trampeln); see tramp, -le

trampler, noun
untrampled, adjective Unabridged
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trample (ˈtræmpəl)
vb (when intr, usually foll by on, upon, or over)
1.  to stamp or walk roughly (on): to trample the flowers
2.  to encroach (upon) so as to violate or hurt: to trample on someone's feelings
3.  the action or sound of trampling
[C14: frequentative of tramp; compare Middle High German trampeln]

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Word Origin & History

1382, "to walk heavily," frequentative form of tramp. Transitive sense is first found 1530.
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Example sentences
Something startles them on their walk home, and the anxious chipmunks
  accidentally trample through their neighbors flower garden.
Yak herding increases every year, and the animals trample the buntings' nests.
Never uproot or cut wildflowers, and be careful not to trample the plants.
But encroaching farming threatens to trample the flower and its habitat.
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