Meaning of TRIGGER in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ trɪgə(r) ]

( triggers, triggering, triggered)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


The trigger of a gun is a small lever which you pull to fire it.

A man pointed a gun at them and pulled the trigger.



The trigger of a bomb is the device which causes it to explode.

...trigger devices for nuclear weapons.

N-COUNT : oft N n


To trigger a bomb or system means to cause it to work.

The thieves must have deliberately triggered the alarm and hidden inside the house...

= activate

VERB : V n


If something triggers an event or situation, it causes it to begin to happen or exist.

...the incident which triggered the outbreak of the First World War...

VERB : V n

Trigger off means the same as trigger .

It is still not clear what events triggered off the demonstrations.

PHRASAL VERB : V P n (not pron) , also V n P


If something acts as a trigger for another thing such as an illness, event, or situation, the first thing causes the second thing to begin to happen or exist.

Stress may act as a trigger for these illnesses.

N-COUNT : oft N for n

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