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Definition of 'trip'


  1. a journey for some purpose (usually including the return); "he took a trip to the shopping center"
  2. a hallucinatory experience induced by drugs; "an acid trip"
  3. an accidental misstep threatening (or causing) a fall; "he blamed his slip on the ice"; "the jolt caused many slips and a few spills"
       Synonyms: slip
  4. an exciting or stimulating experience
       Synonyms: head trip
  5. a catch mechanism that acts as a switch; "the pressure activates the tripper and releases the water"
       Synonyms: tripper
  6. a light or nimble tread; "he heard the trip of women's feet overhead"
  7. an unintentional but embarrassing blunder; "he recited the whole poem without a single trip"; "he arranged his robes to avoid a trip-up later"; "confusion caused his unfortunate misstep"
       Synonyms: trip-up stumble misstep


  1. miss a step and fall or nearly fall; "She stumbled over the tree root"
       Synonyms: stumble
  2. cause to stumble; "The questions on the test tripped him up"
       Synonyms: trip up
  3. make a trip for pleasure
       Synonyms: travel jaunt
  4. put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
       Synonyms: actuate trigger activate set off spark off spark trigger off touch off
  5. get high, stoned, or drugged; "He trips every weekend"
       Synonyms: trip out turn on get off

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